We've created five activity video guides to demonstrate some of the hands-on activities from our resource packs. The videos and the accompanying written resources are available to view and download below. The activities have links to the four 'biggest' specialties in pathology; histopathology, haematology, medical microbiology and chemical pathology. The videos offer an easy way of learning how to run quick activities with diverse audiences using easily-sourced materials.
Blossom the Cow
This activity uses a simple acid-alkali reaction with indicators to demonstrate how vaccinations work and simulates how Dr Edward Jenner used cowpox pus from the hand of a milkmaid to inoculate an eight-year old boy, James Phipps. This was the first vaccination against smallpox.
The written instructions can be found on pages 9–11 of the ‘Pathology For Life’ document below.
Clots of Blood
If our blood didn’t clot, every time we cut ourselves we would keep bleeding forever. This activity shows the different consistencies of ‘fake’ blood: fresh and clotted.
The written instructions for this video can be found in the 'Blood Clotting’ document below. We also have a range of other related available on our 'Blood and Bugs' resources page.
Microscopes are vital in diagnosis. Pathologists look at tissue samples under microscopes to magnify cells and find any abnormalities. Anything that looks different can hold clues as to what the patient might be suffering from, and what the treatment needs to be. The first video demonstrates how to make your own simple light microscope, while the second video shows how we can also use a smart phone to create a digital microscope.
The accompanying written resources can be found on pages 24–26 of the ‘Pathology For Life’ document below.
Pathologists can diagnose disease and monitor our health by testing our urine. In this activity, you can create at a set of ‘fake’ patient urine samples and test them to make a diagnosis.
The written instructions can be found in the Disease Detectives cub-scout resource pack, which will be added to the resources listed below.
You can also find these videos on our Hands-on activity video YouTube playlist.