[Histonet] Re: kids and histology
We hold Grade 6,7,and 8 veterinary camps for kids every summer
and I help to run the histology section. We teach them how to use
a microscope , then how to ID the WBC's and the dif between fish
and mammalian RBC's( 1 to 1 1/2 hour session.) In the second
session , we give them three " cases" to solve. One is a case of
heart worm in a dog, and another a case of leukemia in a cow.
These are slides I borrow from Pathology every year. The final case
is a CSI type. The police have a suspect in a murder who swears
the blood stains on the axe are from the fish he cleaned and ate.
The kids have to answer the question for the police " Is this human
or fish blood?". It's fish actually.
We have about 30 kids is these sessions and I have three or
four people( vet students and retired prof's) helping me as each
child has their own microscope to use ( vet students
classroom/lab) and time is tight. One could adapt this to
multiheaded scopes or scopes that are projected on a screen.
If you want my notes and diagrams , just give me your fax
We always have fun with this,
Margaret Horne ,
Histology Teaching Assistant,
Dept. of B.SC.,
Atlantic Veterinary College, U.P.E.I.,
550 University Ave., Charlottetown,
P.E.I., C1A 4P3
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