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What goes in and what comes out!: Workshop on our digestive system by Leaps and Bounds

July 8, 2013 • Posted in: News, Workshops

To kick off our second year at the E-Base, we commenced with our Food and Nutrition Module.

Smelling and then biting into the chocolate to understand how the digestive process starts at the point of salivation.

Smelling and then biting into the chocolate to understand how the digestive process starts at the point of salivation.

As an introduction to the module we went to the basics- our digestion process.

Feeling the food going down their esophagus.

Feeling the food going down their esophagus.

Through an extremely entertaining session, we went through every stage of digestion with the help of a slice of bread. Right from the point we start salivating on the sight and smell of the bread to the point of discarding the ‘bread poo’, the students examined it all through an external digestion activity.

Imitating the function of our teeth by tearing their slices of bread into small pieces.

Imitating the function of our teeth by tearing their slices of bread into small pieces.

Adding different coloured water to their bread to represent saliva and digestive acids that work on it to produce the waste we eventually discard.

Adding different coloured water to their bread to represent saliva and digestive acids that work on it to produce the waste we eventually discard.

Squeezing out all the water to show the nutrients being carried away blood. At the end, we're left with our 'bread poo'

Squeezing out all the water to show the nutrients being carried away blood. At the end, we’re left with our ‘bread poo’

But, the highlight of the workshop for the students was when they found out the small intestine is not only longer than the large intestine, but is 21 feet long! We still think it was the ‘bread poo’!

Looking at the clues to fill up his worksheet

Looking at the clues to fill up his worksheet

A quick true and false trail game around the E-Base concluded this workshop, sending the students home with several small facts about our digestive system!

Comparing their findings of the trail

Comparing their findings of the trail

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