Pupils at Good Shepherd Primary School were attentive to eyes, ears, tastebuds and internal organs at a CSIRO workshop on the human body.
About 96 pupils in year 4 at the Plumpton school gained a hands-on insight into the workings of the digestive and circulatory systems, which allowed them to narrow their field of interest for the science research projects they will complete this term.
CSIRO education officer Ollie Barrand said experiments included one to demonstrate where a person’s blind spot occurs, one where pupils viewed their skin under a microscope, one to test lung capacity, and a taste test of bitter, sour and salty solutions.
‘‘That’s designed to show them that taste is very different from person-to-person and has to do with genetics,’’ he said.
‘‘There are different sensitivities of taste that you inherit from your parents.
‘‘They’re getting to be the scientists themselves and make their own discoveries, rather than just being told how things work.’’
Year 4 teacher Bronwyn Micallef said the workshop was the first of its kind that pupils had experienced and complemented their class-time learning.
‘‘They’re so inquisitive about so many things, so it’s good for them to be able to ask a scientist,’’ she said.
‘‘The kids learn the most with the hands-on [approach]. We’ve given them so much information in class but this is where it all makes sense.’’
Year 4 pupil Huey Aveeo said he was interested in science and anatomy. He said examining a blood sample under a microscope was one of his favourite experiments.
‘‘The circulatory system is complicated and I didn’t really know that blood was that small,’’ he said.
‘‘It looked like really tiny dots.’’