THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, by Science Educators

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DIY Science

We are proud to offer fun DIY science experiments the whole family can enjoy! We hope you'l have fun digging into the subjects below, and we can't wait to see you at the museum. To learn more about how you can support the museum's mission during the COVID-19 closure, please click here.

THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM, by Science Educators

The first thing that happens in the respiratory system is when we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Exercise has the ability to optimize your body's cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, and endocrine systems. Exercise increases the demands on your body and, as a result, your body compensates by increasing muscle tissue, vascular networks, neural connections, and efficiency. This all starts with - and requires - breathing!

You will need:
A sandwich baggie with a zipper top
Scissors 1 plastic or paper straw
Masking or scotch tape

1. Zip your plastic bag tightly closed and cut a small edge off one of the bottom corners
2. Insert a straw into the baggie
3. Tightly wrap some tape around the bag to simulate a lung with bronchial tubes
4. Breathe into the bag to see it inflate!

Posted by Courtney Cotton at 11:33 AM
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