Kids put themselves under microscope

PUPILS at Good Shepherd Primary School were attentive to eyes, ears, tastebuds and internal organs at a CSIRO workshop on the human body.

Ninety-six pupils in year 4 at the Plumpton school gained an insight into the workings of the digestive and circulatory systems, enabling them to narrow their fields of interest for the research projects they will complete this term.

CSIRO education officer Ollie Barrand said experiments included showing where a blind spot occurs, viewing their skin under a microscope, testing lung capacity, and tasting bitter, sour and salty solutions.

"The taste test shows that taste is very different from person to person and has a lot to do with genetics," he said.

"There are different sensitivities of taste that you inherit from your parents.

"The pupils are getting to be the scientists themselves and make their own discoveries, rather than just being told how things work."

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."

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