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‘Breaking a heart’ at Life Sciences

Grade 11 learners had the task of dissecting a kidney and Grade ten learners, a heart.

Estcourt High School learners rushed to Life Sciences classes, enthusiastic about their practicals.
Grade 11 learners had the task of dissecting a kidney and Grade ten learners, a heart.
“This practical was a great experience as we learnt how one small organ can have so many features,” said Neliswa Dladla from Grade 11.
Sibahle Shabalala said that is was fun using the special laboratory tools and equipment such as the scalpel and surgical blade.
Learners had to dress in protective clothing such as gloves and aprons.
“As I ran the scalpel through the heart specimen, I felt like a Surgeon in an operating theatre.
Although a bit squeamish at first, I rapidly took to dissecting the heart like a fish takes to water.
The pig-heart that was provided as a specimen was identical in anatomy to that of a human heart.
It was fairly straight forward to identify the various parts and equally interesting to draw the diagram of what was in front of us.
This practical session was amazing since we got to view and feel a real heart and thereafter dissect it and view the internal structure as well.
Once our task of dissecting the heart was over, one could say that we left a “broken heart” on the specimen tray” said Sonal Maken and Ethan Aidan.
Practicals of this nature help to develop a love for the subject and create a desire to pursue careers in this field.

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