The sessions took place at Hampden Park allowing plenty of space for learning. Dr Easton carried out sessions on the heart and lungs where pupils were given heart rate monitors from UWS’ labs to record their pulses during exercise and a spirometer to read their lung capacity.
Dr Easton went one step further, using the indoor pitch at Hampden to involve the pupils in a visual representation of the cardiovascular system. Here, the children took part in a red blood cell relay race, holding red and blue balloons to represent deoxygenated and oxygenated blood as it enters and leaves the heart via veins and arteries.
Week three was delivered by Dr Stephanie Valentin who focussed on muscles and the skeletal system. Given the sessions took place at Hampden, a football flavour was always on the cards. Special technology in the goals recorded how hard pupils were able to kick footballs, helping them to gain a clearer understanding of muscles and the skeletal system in action and how the two systems work in tandem to allow movement.
Dr Valentin brought jump mats from UWS so pupils could record how high they jumped and skeletons to familiarise them with the different bones in the body.
The fourth and final session was delivered by Parasitology specialist Professor Fiona Henriquez who spoke to the children about the influence microbes can have on health. Theory was put into practice with a game of ‘Infection Tig’ where children were split into groups of viruses and healthy cells, with the viruses trying to catch the healthy cells.