This week, we visited the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Victoria! Students were treated to fascinating pictures and facts about the heart and bones of the human body by professor Kurt McBurney. Students were also given the chance to handle and sort bones themselves. It was exciting for students to sit in a state-of-the-art university lecture theatre – what an amazing venue to learn!
I learned a lot about white and grey matter in the brain and about many different types of bones and how they work. I didn’t know that the heart had muscles inside it. The photograph of it was very detailed. I also didn’t know that babies have 300 bones and only 206 for adults. Probably because the bones get fused together as you grow. The technology in the room was so incredible. The idea of having all those different camera angles and the button to press when you wanted to speak was so cool. I have never seen that type of technology before.
I thought the arm strap device on Kurt’s arm was very interesting because he explained it very well and said all the things that could happen to his arm if he extended his arm too far and what happened to his muscle when he tore it. I also liked how he explained to us how the bones had been donated to the University so the students could learn and study about the human body. I learned that there are two different types of bones, one that sort of looked like a sponge and it was called a sponge bone but it was actually very strong. The other bone is called a compact bone because it is doesn’t have any air compacted in it.
I think that we all had a fantastic time at UVic, even the squeamish members of our class, like me. I learned that the smallest bone in your body is in your ear, is called a stirrup,(like when you’re riding a horse) and is four times smaller than a penny! I also found it really interesting that the femur is the biggest bone in your body and that part of the inside of your bone is called spongy bone but is really strong and if your bone was all solid you would be almost five times your weight and since it would take so much energy to move we would all look like the Hulk! I think that this was a fantastic experience for all of us and a once in a lifetime chance to be university students before we are. And those cross-sections of the brain where so cool! Thanks for the awesome field trip!