PHOTOS: US Physiology Students Creatively Transform Human Digestive System Into a Theme Park

Visitors to the Upper School’s physiology class last week had a chance to walk through a thrilling theme park ride—through the human body’s digestive system.
 
The class, taught by Staciana Winfield, demonstrated their understanding of the human digestive system by turning the entire process into a theme park ride. The fun activity was a way to demonstrate an understanding of the unit with a creative flair, as students created rides designed to be family-friendly, informative and entertaining.
 
There was the “Disney’s Digestion Land” with such points of interest as “Pirates of the Pancreas” and “Guardians of the Gallbladder.” Another ride started at the “Magic Mouth Mountain.” Another had a moveable hamburger on wheels or “crabby patty” that traveled through a SpongeBob SquarePants themed ride through the entirety of the digestive system much like food would.
 
Most of the students drew and illustrated their work, and one student used TinkerCad to make a 3D design.
 
Once their projects were complete, members of the Upper School were invited to a walk-through, where students demonstrated their creations and educated others on the “flow” of the digestive system.
 
Upper School physiology is a yearlong course where students explore how the human body is organized and how it functions through understanding, analyzing and predicting responses of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems to stimuli.
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