Guts and Digestion

posted 21 Mar 2012, 05:31 by STUDENT COUNCIL   [ updated 21 Mar 2012, 16:03 by Jan Kiernan ]

This week a lady named Eva from the APC (Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre) in UCC came to visit 4th, 5th and 6th class and teach us about guts and the digestive system. She taught us about a healthy diet for our age group. All the classes seemed very interested in the facts she taught us. She explained all about the digestive system and how it works, we also did an experiment.

First we crushed shredded wheat in a bag to represent the teeth tearing and grinding the food.

Then we added water and baking soda to act like saliva and enzymes. At this stage we had a thick paste.

Next we added vinegar to act like acidic juices from the stomach.

We placed a cotton pad to absorb the liquid like the large intestines do and to show how it would look after passing through the large intestines.

We all enjoyed it and hope she might be able to come back next year.