Here’s part 2 of the pracs trilogy!
For part 1 –> First Year vs Second Year Pracs
WARNING! If you do not like skeletons, insects, worms, dissections…this is NOT your kind of blog post. There will be pictures of the things I do in my pracs in this post. But there’s nothing too gruesome or anything.
Although I mentioned that second year pracs have been rather difficult, I really love pracs because it’s so interesting to see/feel/do things first hand! LOVE IT!
And I also mentioned that photography is allowed in my pracs as well :)
Here is a snapshot of what I’ve been up to in my labs!
Examining skulls and relating it to their function
This was my very first prac, and I was SO excited when we each had our very own set of skulls to play with. (Gosh I sound like a maniac. I promise I am a normal person!)
I was so shocked that we could TOUCH these real dog and crocodile skulls and everything! I mean, I feel like I’ve always been conditioned not to touch anything in science class. So for me, this was amazing!
Looking at the different insects and their body parts
We had to go out and collect a jar full of insects as part of our prac. And strangely I quite enjoyed it!
Felt REALLY bad killing some beautiful insects though :(
After collecting them, we checked them out under our microscopes, and it was really interesting to see them up close!
Worst part was when I was packing up, and drop my petri dish full of dead insects all over my books. Fun times…not!
Molluscs and Crustaceans
I don’t think I mentioned this, but did you know that we had to buy our own dissecting kit? Pretty cool to own my own kit.
Here we had to dissect squid and the yabby, and label all the parts.
Worms, and more worms
We had a mini aquarium in our class for this prac, which was pretty awesome!
We checked out a range of different worms under the microscopes and had to label their structures and related that to their function etc.
Just want to say, never EVER walk barefooted around grass/ground. You have NO IDEA what some worms are capable of (some worms LITERALLY just crawl up your foot). Ew.
To me, this is my favourite part of any prac – getting to use the museum!
So that’s a snapshot of what I get up to in my zoology pracs!
Pretty fortunate to get an opportunity to do these kind of things in pracs :)
Till the next post!