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 - Advances in Physiology Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • Experiment
  • Hands-on
  • Mechanical heart

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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