Anatomy of Human Cells

Comment: Hi, for The Human Machine, the Study Guide provided includes a picture titled “Anatomy of Human Cells.” The picture has various TYPES of human cells…not actually the breakdown of what is inside a human cell. Is the title misleading? Should it be changed to “Types of Human Cells?” We want to teach the concept correctly to the students but are concerned that they may get an exam question wrong if it is based on this diagram provided. Thanks for your clarification.
Response: Thank you for your comment. The picture in the study guide was included to illustrate that there are different types of human cells.  Teams will not be asked to identify human cells in any way (visually or with a description). They do not need to know any of the specific cell types in the diagram but do need to understand that a cell is the smallest functional unit in the human body and that there are many different kinds that carry out specific functions and combine to make specific tissue types.

Q&A and updated/new documents for The Human Machine

Please visit the event page for The Human Machine to find an updated detailed event description (supervisor name has been updated); an updated muscular/skeletal guide with a corrected question/answer (see below); and the slides from the January 29 coach workshop.

Some notes from the workshop:

Study Guide Correction: There is an incorrect answer to the sample practical station question in the Muscular and Skeletal Study Guide (first version posted). The question and answer should read as follows: Where is the injury located (what bone(s) is/are involved)? Radius. This correction has been made and the study guide updated. See above.

Q: What type of teamwork are you expecting among the students?

A: There is only one answer sheet per team. You want a team who can come in and work together without arguing. Work with your team to find strategies to successfully navigate the correct answer. You might want to assign a team leader. Aim for a positive and collaborative working environment.

Q: Are parents and coaches in the room during the event?

A: No, it will just be the students working in groups. Event supervisors and other event volunteers will be present.

Q: Do all teams receive the same tests?

A: Yes, so tell the kids not to discuss answers out loud afterwards

Q: Do we need to know more than what is in the study guide?

A: No, focus on the study guide. It is very comprehensive. Students will be expected to apply the information they learn from the study guide to questions.

Q: How will the practical portion work? What type of identification will be required for the bones/muscles?

A: There will be 3 to 5 stations all of which will have a model, diagram, video or some type of physical prompt representing a concept theme. There will be several questions (written in their tests as well as posted at the station) pertaining to the theme of that station. If asked to identify a bone or muscle, only those on the study guide list will be used. Three dimensional models may be used but nothing that could not be translated from a two dimensional image. (We expect most students will be using images to study). No real tissue samples will be used.

Q: Does everyone get access to a text book?

A: Each school is provided with one copy of the book. The Head Coach of each school should have picked it up on 1/29.

Updated event-related documents available for The Human Machine, Photon Phun, Pasta Bridges, Roots/Shoots/Fruits, and Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah

Click the links below to visit the event pages where the new and updated documents can be found.

The Human Machine: Updated event description (curriculum) and two new study guides.

Photon Phun: slides from tonight’s coach workshops

Pasta Bridges: supplemental guide

Roots, Shoots, and Fruits: study guide

Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah: detailed drawing of the harness