The Healthy Heart according to 8 Chrysos

Q: Why did the patient feel differently about things after his surgery?

A: He had a change of heart.

Tee Hee.

This one along with many other, equally cringeworthy jokes were on deck the morning of August 1st, 2017 when one of our Year 8 classes conducted their presentations on what it takes to have a healthy heart. Not only jokes though, everything from the parameters of a heart in the pink of health, potential diseases, and suggestions how to avoid the latter was covered. In small teams, students had just about two full lessons to do their research, compile their resources, sort out their scripts and then present. Project management is a big part of all our coursework here, and it teaches students important skills like time management and team work.

Now, do you know what's a healthy heart beat count per minute? No? Excellent! We'll let 8 Chrysos take it from here then. 

First up, an informercial for a fictional supplement which can help in lowering bad cholesterol. See the unhappy heart? That's what can happen when we don't eat right and get insufficient exercise. 

 

The mayor of 8 Chrysos (Tr. Charles) officiating the ribbon cutting to the heart exhibition.

 

Aaaaaand it's official, 8 Chrysos' Heart Museum is open. Let's see what's in store for visitors...

First up, it's a little explanation of how the heart actually works. Note the neat little lego model.

More explanations about the varying blood pressure values. Do you know why blood pressure has two values?

The flyer for the Heart Museum.

A full house!

A couple of small reminders on the way out - neat!

The next group had a little skit planned. Scenario: Grandpa doesn't feel too well and gets some helpful hints from his granddaughters. Hint: Gramps is the one with the mustache ;)

What happens when someone suffers a heart attack? What can you do?

 

Next up: What's a significant indicator for potential heart disease? Smoking. And it can have some dire consequences as you can see...

That's a faked heart attack mind you, one of the most severe health issues related to smoking. And when that happens, you end up in the hospital. Here's this group's take on the situation:

A few tips from our extremely qualified doctor and the patient has no issues relinquishing his bad habits from now on.

And finally, to end the morning's heart stopping action (sorry, had to), a quick quiz and as a prize, the heart-shaped pinata, filled with a bunch of goodies for the correct answers.

If you liked what you saw here, feel free to get in touch! It's only one aspect of how we try to make education and learning that much more enjoyable for kids and we'd love to show you around here. 

Till the next time! 

PS: A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute. Generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. For example, a well-trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rate closer to 40 beats a minute.

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