So, I thought it would be a good idea to prep a duck head and feet set to display the bones.  Sounds like a good idea, right?  You can make comparative anatomy displays for the classroom.  Fabulous!

I started with this:

duck head and feet set from Dissection Connection

Duck Head and Feet Set

Threw the lot into a pot and simmered it for about two days. It didn’t smell as bad as I thought it would. Kind of like soup.

5 things I learned about preparing bones for display:

  1. THIS KID is awesome
  2. Take as much of the skin, muscle and viscera off the bones as you can BEFORE you start.  Now I have spent at least an hour picking bits of meat and skin off tiny bones and checking meticulously that I haven’t missed anything.
  3. Put the separate pieces into SOMETHING before you start.  Bags made of old pantyhose would have done the trick.  Now I have no idea which bones belong to the left foot and which to the right foot.
  4. Cleaning bones and laying them out on a tray made me feel just like Temperance “BONES” Brennan – even though I had no idea what I was looking at most of the time.
  5. It was a VERY good idea not to throw the chicken head and feet into the pot at the same time!

As this kid laments, there is next to no info on the web about articulating bird skeletons.  I will definitely post a picture of the finished product with some more tips and tricks for you because you are going to be hard pressed to find it elsewhere.  Stay tuned, Vivsters.

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Mar 28, 2014

 

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Hands on science learning. Dissection discoveries with Fizzics Education and Dissection Connection

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LEND US YOUR EARS! We are very proud to announce that we are partnering with the fabulous Fizzics Education to deliver dissection workshops into schools around the country. Huzzah!

Now you’ll be able to get your hands on our top quality gory bits and have an interactive and inspiring science visit for your school with a hands on workshop that has been developed by former science teachers to fit the curriculum.  You can pick and choose your topics to suit your work program and your budget from a huge variety of sessions or have your own science workshop or show customised.

Pop over and have a look at all the gory bits on their website and while you are there check out the FREE resources they have for teachers. Book a session and get teacher PD at your school afterwards!

Fizzics Education currently deliver science workshops into Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and also do Regional Visits.

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This Top Tip comes from Tamara Daus, Science Operations Officer at Kingston State High School, in August 2013.  Thank you, Tamara!  This is a specimen we don’t see enough of in schools and the collective wisdom of lab techs is the best source of info for others to learn from.
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Semen from Dissection Connection, new digital microscope… Movies worked really well too

I’m taking the semen into the first Year 8 classes tomorrow. We’ll be able to have the digital microscope up the front with the image on the SmartBoard for the whole class to see, and then the groups will be able to use their own microscopes to focus and check out their own slides.

Thanks Miss Vivi J

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