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A Humerus Adventure: Discovering Human Anatomy in a Laboratory Environment

Explore the human body using the new state-of-the-art technology of synthetic cadavers. Synthetic cadavers are highly detailed and mimic the mechanical properties and feel of real tissues.

Our sessions take a hands-on approach to foster application-based learning experiences. Small, directed groups enable students to have a clear and in-depth look at anatomical structures using both models and cadavers. Topics covered include:

  • the skeletal system
  • articulations
  • musculature
  • the cardiopulmonary system
  • nervous systems
  • organs in the abdominopelvic cavity

Learn Fundamental Movement Skills

For younger students, we have partnered with the Sun Life Financial Centre for Physically Active Communities (CPAC) to offer a complementary physical activity session in addition to the anatomy learning session. CPAC leaders take students through a fun and interactive program focused on improving their fundamental movement skills (e.g. running, jumping, throwing, catching, etc.).  

For more information about this session or to participate, please fill in the Human Anatomy Outreach Information Request form.

Information for Teachers

Our anatomy program is flexible and can be modified to fit the grade of students attending. 

Advance Preparation: Background Knowledge

Our kinesthetic lab experience enhances the learning that goes on in the classroom, so it is beneficial for students to have an understanding of the following basic concepts to improve the experience:

  • The body is made up of several organs and these organs are linked into various systems.
  • Groups of organs with specific structures and functions work together as systems, which interact with other systems in the body.
  • How human movement affects systems in the body, and the other factors that will affect them.

Health, Safety and Attire

This experience occurs within a laboratory environment. Lab coats and gloves will be provided. Students must:

  • Wear close-toed shoes.
  • Tie back long hair.
  • Bring their own drinking water.

If there are any special needs or concerns (e.g. mobility issues, allergies), inform the coordinator, Kristen McFall, before the field trip so that accommodations can be made where possible.

Permissions

Your school must provide an appropriate permission form to parents/guardians, indicating the above requirements for this field trip.

Student Behaviour Expectations

A positive and safe experience can only be obtained if all participants adhere to the following guidelines:

  • A code of conduct will be forwarded and handed out at the beginning of your session. Students are expected to follow the behaviour outlined in this document.
  • Follow the directions of the coordinators, volunteers or teachers at all times.
  • Act in a safe and respectful manner. Any rowdy or inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated. Any student or group of students who do not behave appropriately may not be permitted to participate in the remainder of the field trip.

Rescheduling Policy

If you need to reschedule, we request that you notify us by contacting the coordinator at least 24 hours in advance. We understand that there may be circumstances beyond your control and we will try our best to accommodate your needs to reschedule the visit.

Contact Us:

Kristen McFall, Lab Coordinator

E: kmcfall@wlu.ca

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