Construction of a model demonstrating cardiovascular principles

David W. Rodenbaugh, Heidi L. Collins, Chao-Yin Chen, Stephen E. DiCarlo

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We developed a laboratory exercise that involves the construction and subsequent manipulation of a model of the cardiovascular system. The laboratory was designed to engage students in interactive, inquiry-based learning and to stimulate interest for future science study. The model presents a concrete means by which cardiovascular mechanics can be understood as well as a focal point for student interaction and discussion of cardiovascular principles. The laboratory contains directions for the construction of an inexpensive, easy-to-build model as well as an experimental protocol. From this experience students may gain an appreciation for science that cannot be obtained by reading a book or interacting with a computer. Students not only learn the significant physiological concepts but also appreciate the importance of laboratory experimentation for understanding complex concepts. Model construction provides a hands-on experience that may substantially improve performance in science processes. We believe that model construction is an appropriate method for teaching advanced concepts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology
Issue number6 PART 2
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • Experiment
  • Hands-on
  • Mechanical heart

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)


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