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Health Science

Posted: June 17th, 2008, 9:52 pm
by Aia
The 2009 Health Science event will include circulatory and the skeletal systems.

Generally, I've heard the second system called musculoskeletal. Do you guys know if we're probably going to do the muscular AND skeletal systems or just skeletal?

They seem kind of interdependent to me, personally...

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 17th, 2008, 10:09 pm
by theoneandonly
Because the skeletal and muscular systems are so interrelated, I would study both to be on the safe side. Besides, when you deal with the skeletal movements of limbs (supination of the hand, etc.), you're directly dealing with antagonist/protagonist muscles and their insertions and origins on bones.

Don't forget bone anatomy! Types of bone cells, layers, bone marrow, calcium absorption, etc.

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 18th, 2008, 3:34 am
by ladaloop
how difficult is the skeletal system. it replaced the nervous system which was basically REALLY complex so its gotta be somewhat difficult.

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 18th, 2008, 8:38 am
by Bryant
Since Anatomy is about the same systems, does anyone how much more simplified it will be?

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 18th, 2008, 9:32 am
by theoneandonly
The rules are very good about specifying the depth of study for both B and C Divisions for the regional, state, and national competition, and they're coming out rather soon. Wait it out; but remember, if you're in doubt, study it anyway. :D

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 19th, 2008, 7:36 am
by marylandscioly550
i'm in div. B anatomy and im just going to review the stuff i learned about the heart and learn the basics of bone anatomy.. its a bit too early to go too in depth

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 21st, 2008, 6:02 pm
by Aia
Did anyone take the Health Science test at Nationals? What'd you guys think of it?

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 27th, 2008, 9:33 pm
by theoneandonly
I liked the nationals test a LOT. It was challenging, but not overly difficult. The use of actual organs was a very nice touch. What did you think?

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 28th, 2008, 6:52 am
by ladaloop
what do you mean actual organs?

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 28th, 2008, 10:19 am
by sachleen
I'm assuming he means actual physical real dead-body organs.

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 28th, 2008, 2:17 pm
by Bryant
wow, i suppose that must of made it really interesting and much more fun, but perhaps a bit disgusting too. what were some of the organ they showed you?

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 28th, 2008, 3:29 pm
by ladaloop
yeah that would have been really neat to see

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 28th, 2008, 9:06 pm
by theoneandonly
They had a few brain specimens, including a sagittal section of a complete brain and a few larger brain tissue dissections. They also had some heart specimens, including a complete heart and another heart with the anterior portion of the heart wall peeled back.
The specimens were all marked using dissection pins with numbers, so the test was basically matching. However, the questions weren't simply, "Which is the corpus callosum?" The questions were more like, "Which tract is primarily responsible for inter-hemispheric communication of the cerebrum," at which point you had to infer it was the corpus callosum AND THEN know where the corpus callosum was in the specimen.
It was fun. :D

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 28th, 2008, 10:19 pm
by Aia
I found a major irony with those organs though. The event supervisors requested that we respect the specimens since people had donated their own organs. However, when my partner and I got to the organ stations, the organs were just soaking through paper plates...

After the event supervisor's lecture about respect, it seemed almost disrespectful to me to display them in such a fashion. I don't know, maybe that was just me.

Re: Health Science

Posted: June 28th, 2008, 11:03 pm
by theoneandonly
Yeah, his whole spiel was a little out of place, too. I mean, what did he expect us to do, start ripping the specimens apart?