Physics and Astronomy

And This Little Pig

In this event teams of 3 to 6 will be expected to develop careful dissection techniques and become familiar with the name and location of the major structures of the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and urogenital systems as described in the dissection guide to be provided. Students will be allowed to open up the thoracic and abdominal cavities, identify structures (approximately 15) and complete a dissection questionnaire regarding structure, function and physiology of organs

PurposeExplore the biology of the foetal pig.
ParticipantsTeams of up to six. Only one team per school may enter this event.
MaterialsNon-dissected male and female specimens will be provided on the day of competition. These are obtained from a Scientific Supply Company. Students must bring to the competition their own dissecting kit and gloves, and a pen or pencil for answering the question sheets.. Each kit may include 1 scalpel, 1 spare scalpel blade, 1 probe, 1 pair of tweezers, 1 pair of dissecting scissors, and 1 box of T-pins.
Instruction Manual Download the Manual and Dissection Guide here. (15 pages, pdf file)
System for Special Study London District Science Olympics 2018 The Renal and Respiratory Systems
PractisePractise beforehand is madatory for this event. Please do not enter if you are unable to make this commitment.

Sample Directions

1. Insert a green pin into the gall bladder.
2. Insert a red pin in the organ which is the site of sperm production.
3. Clear the tissue from the region anterior to the heart and insert a black pin in the right subclavian artery
.4. Name the tube that drains the bladder.

Each year, a particular system will be designed for special study, and this will be announced on the web page.
(i) Each dissection will be marked out of 100%. Structures must be clearly displayed.

(ii) Written answers to questions will be marked out of 100%.
(iii) The final mark will be calculated using the following weighting: 65% dissection (i above) and 30% questions (ii above), plus 5% if you bring your own dissection kit and gloves, to give a total mark out of 100%.

SourceLondon District Science Olympics: Jean King.
Systems for
Special Study

2018 The Renal and Respiratory Systems
2017 The Endocrine System
2016 The Circulatory System
2015 The Digestive System
2014 The Renal and Respiratory Systems
2013 The Endocrine System
2012 The Circulatory System
2011 The Digestive System
2010 The Renal and Respiratory Systems
2009 The Endocrine System
2008 The Circulatory System
2007 The Digestive System
2006 The Renal and Respiratory Systems
2005 The Circulatory System
2004 The Endocrine System
2003 The Digestive System
2002 The Circulatory System
2000 The Endocrine System
1999 The Circulatory System
1998 The Digestive System
1995 The Pituitary Gland

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