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Learning about the human body … hands-on

Staff report
Students at this year’s Rowan Regional Health Camp learned about the human body during a session this week inside the hospital’s lab.
Fifth-grade students from various Rowan County schools were taken on a tour of the hospital, including its blood bank and radiology lab.
Granite Quarry teacher Kim Shuping heads up the lessons at the camp. This is her 20th year presiding over the camp activities.
Shuping and camp staff taught the students how to perform the Heimlich maneuver and CPR using a training dummy. Students looked at E. coli bacteria on a petri dish inside the lab where most of the cultures are kept.
But what garnered the biggest reaction from the group was probably the pig’s heart. Camp staff cut the heart in half to show the students the intricate workings of the organ.
The students were divided into two different groups, each with about 75 students in each.
Students did class work followed by the short tour of the hospital.

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