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Science & Nature

My First Beginner Dissection Summer Camp (Ages 8-10)

Average rating: 5.0Number of reviews: (4)
Completed by 14 learners
In this multi-class summer camp that meets four times in one week, students (aged 8-10 years) will perform the dissection of a hot dog, earthworm, a starfish, and a clam.
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Charged upfront
$15 per class
Meets 4x per week
Over 1 week
45 minutes per class
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Class Experience

After this summer camp, students will successfully have passed the beginner dissection techniques and be knowledgeable about beginning dissection specimens organs and organ systems.
I was a middle school science teach for 10 years and in that time, have lead hundreds of students through many dissections including the hot dog, earthworms, clams, crayfish, and sharks. In my college Zoology class, I was the only student to successfully extract the entire spinal nerve of a crayfish that the professor had ever had! I find dissections fascinating and a good stepping stone for any student interested in anatomy, physiology, zoology, or college sciences. 
No homework will be given.
 9 files available upon enrollment
Home Science Tools (homesciencetools.com) is not the only place to purchase a dissection kit or the three specimens; however, they are who I personally use because they are very cost effective. They have a dissection kit for $5.60, the earthworm cost is $1.30, the starfish is $3.30, and the clam is $3.30. Amazon also has a dissection kit for roughly $10. You will need to purchase one earthworm, one starfish, and one clam along with a dissection kit. You will also need two uncooked hot dogs for our first class. Students will also need a clean place to work on their dissection (it can get messy!) so a paper plate, plate, paper towels....something that is easy to clean up. https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/earthworm-8-10-inches-plain-specimen/ https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/starfish-plain-specimen/ https://www.homesciencetools.com/product/clam-freshwater-4-5-plain-specimen/
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
3 hours per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Dissection kits contain sharp tools. It is at the discretion of the parent to make sure your student is mature enough to independently operate them during a dissection. We will also be using the term, reproductive glands. The earthworm contains both male and female reproductive glands, some starfish have quite large reproductive glands and others don't depending on the maturity of the specimen, and the clam will have reproductive glands as well. Though we do not go into detail on this organ system beyond naming it and dissecting it, it will be mentioned. Please make sure you and your learner are comfortable with this before enrolling.

Meet the teacher

Mysti Chisholm, RPSGT, MBA-HM
Average rating: 5.0Number of reviews: (736)
Hello students and parents!

I will be on vacation from November 4-11, 2023. I will have spotty wifi so will be unable to check messages every day. I will still be communicating and grading papers, but my turnaround time will be much slower. 

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