Driscoll celebrates 4th annual PhUn Week
Seventh grade students at Driscoll Middle School participated in PhUn (Physiology Understanding) Week for the fourth consecutive year. During the week students creatively imagined a scientist at work on a daily basis, measured heart rate, researched and presented posters on how exercise affects physiology, designed and implemented experiments to test the difference in heart rate pre and post exercise, and were visited by a guest physiologist.
Dr. Jessica Ibarra, a professor and research scientist at the University of the Incarnate Word, shared her path to becoming a scientist and what motivated her to choose a career as a scientist.
Students analyzed results taken from an EKG machine, as well as a heart rate monitor. They designed experiments to raise and lower their heart rate, and then tested their hypotheses using the technology Dr. Ibarra brought. Students were also able to examine a cow heart specimen to see how blood travels through the heart and where the main vessels and four chambers are located.
PhUn Week is sponsored by the American Physiological Society (APS) and is designed to promote the six-star method of teaching science. The six-star method focuses on student-centered instruction and valuing student diversity by incorporating technology, current content, inquiry and authentic assessment. Students must also reflect on their learning as part of the experience.
In addition to learning valuable content, the APS also supplies gifts to each student, among them are PhUn Week string backpacks and bookmarks promoting careers in physiology.
Posted on January 7, 2013