Laboratory activities

Laboratory activities - Get Moving! exhibition

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Illustration : Benoit Tardif

Complete your moderate visit with activities in the laboratory!

*Note : During the pandemic period, « Muscles in action » is the only activity that can be offered.

Laboratory name Preschool

Primary school cycle 1
Primary school

cycles 2 and 3

cycle 1

cycle 2
Muscles in action Incluse Incluse Incluse Incluse
Athletes' secrets X X
Attuned to the human body in motion X X
Muscles under observation X X
Athletes' genes? X

The educational levels marked with an X are those in which a programme is offered.

Please note that the contents and methods of each activity are adapted to the various targeted clienteles.

Description of laboratory activities

  • Muscles in action
  • Is having big muscles a guarantee of great strength? Participants will kick into action and use a dynamometer to test their own muscle strength. They will demystify the notions of cramps, stiffness, and muscle fatigue. To better understand the latter, they will be introduced to biochemistry and measure the pH of various samples.

  • Athletes' secrets
  • What are the secrets that allow tennis players to intercept a ball traveling at 160 km/h or baseball players to pitch a ball at 110 km/h? To find out, the young participants will test their reaction time and measure their eyesight.

  • Attuned to the human body in motion
  • What changes occur in our bodies when we perform physical activity? Using sensors and various instruments, participants will measure, in particular, their heart rate and body temperature, before and after physical effort.

  • Muscles under observation
  • Are muscles similar from one person to another? Participants will handle the microscope and observe samples of striated skeletal muscles. Cell counters in hand, they will count the numbers of each type of fibre and calculate their relative percentage in several samples.

  • Athletes' genes?
  • How can we explain the performance of high-level athletes? Do they owe their medals to genes or training? To discuss these questions, the participants will handle the micropipette and migrate DNA on agarose gel.

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  • Activity Diversity under the magnifying glass is offered to preschool, primary cycle 1 and 2.
    Cast your sights into the stereomicroscope to observe, describe, and identify numerous specimens belonging to the realm of living beings. Through an amusing quiz-game you will come to appreciate the extent of the diversity of the living world and the importance of protecting it.

  • Activity Social stress and the brain is offered to primary cycle 3 and secondary.
    Cooperating, sharing, communicating: these interactions are essential in man, a social animal! However, exclusion and intimidation exist. Can these interactions have an impact on the brain? Beakers and semipermeable membranes in hand, demystify the functioning of the brain's protective barrier and discover the effects of social stress on this precious organ.

  • Groups can enhance their visit by carrying out one or two 45-minutes activities in the laboratory.

      Optional activities :

    • Diversity under the magnifying glass - For primary cycle 3 and secondary cycle 1
    • DNA extraction - for all
      Discover DNA, the molecule at the very basis of life, found in all living beings. Bananas, flies, humans... do they all share the same DNA? Put on a lab coat and carry out a fascinating experiment: extraction of banana DNA
    • Genetic fingerprint - For secondary cycle 2
      DNA varies from one continent to another, one village to another, and one family to another. Does this mean that there are inevitably more genetic differences between two people geographically far from each other? To find out, carry out the migration of DNA samples on agarose gel.

    Note: the products and techniques used during these laboratory activities are safe.