Today marks the start of National Science and Engineering Week, and Healthcare Science Week [pdf]. There are many events running up and down the country, and I’m volunteering this coming Wednesday at the 11th Annual Schools Science Conference, which is being held at The Royal College Of Pathologists in London.
As part of this event, I’m going to be demonstrating how to dissect a gallbladder. But I won’t be dissecting any real ones – demonstrations involving scalpel blades and thick gloopy bile would prove very messy indeed! – So, no, I’ll be using balloons instead. I’ve just been spending my Saturday afternoon making 50 of them.
First of all, let’s take a look at a real gallbladder:
Looks just like a balloon, I know. But to make my homemade gallbladder more realistic, I needed a whole load of other things, too:
Oh, and a colour printer to print out these:
Then the messy part begins…
et voilà… two hours later, and you have 50 of them!
Can’t wait to show the school kids now. I hope they’ll enjoy having a go at dissecting them, too.