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Horse Science Academy

STEM workshop for high school aged students

November 9, 2019

Cline Equine Center, Stillwater, OK


Registration opens August 15


This workshop is designed for high school aged students to incorporate STEM disciplines with their interest in horses. It  focuses on using math and science to make economical, ethical and sustainable decisions regarding equine health care and management.

Material will be delivered via short (20 minute) classroom lectures, followed immediately by laboratory sessions incorporating active application of the material.  This will be the fifth year the program is offered, with the intention of an annual offering and a rotation of topics.  For 2019, subjects will include strategic deworming, fecal egg counts, body weight and condition scoring, physical exams, digestive anatomy and forage analysis.

Topics from 2018.

Equine Anatomy:

Students learned the scientific language to describe anatomical locations, bones and soft tissue structures of the appendicular skeleton using in class and cadaver limb dissections.

Topics from 2017.

1. Operant conditioning: Whose operating who?  Students explored the scientific concepts behind behavior modification, as it applies to all species, but specifically to the horse.  Students experimented with their use of positive and negative reinforcement to achieve a learning goal in an animal subject.  Equine senses and ethology were emphasized.

2. First aid - Students learned the basics of first aid, with an emphasis on biological systems and wound healing.  Laboratories included blood clotting, calculating dilutions of wound cleansing and disinfectants and more.

Topics from 2016

The Equine Athlete

1. Anatomy of the equine athlete – Students  gained a greater understanding of equine biology and what contributes to horses extreme athletic ability. We began with a short introduction to the equine cardiorespiratory system and then moved to a hands on laboratory session of comparative anatomy utilizing bovine and equine specimens.

2. Fitness assessment – The in class discussion covered assessment of equine fitness and exercise, followed by a hands on lab, where we performed data collection on horses undergoing a standardized exercise test.  Students assisted in data collection including respiration rates, heart rates, temperatures and hematocrits.  Students used their results to determine relative fitness of the horses.

Equine Nutrition

3. Equine digestive anatomy–  Following a brief lecture on the unique features of equine digestive anatomy, in teams, students built their own model of the equine digestive tract.

Cost of attendance is $40 until November 1: includes lunch, lab notebook, and supplies.  Registration is limited to the first 40 participants.


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