[Histonet] Re: kids and histology

From:"Margaret Horne"

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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