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Body Builder

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Biology
The human body is a bit like a machine made up of organ systems. Each of these systems work together to keep us alive. The first layer of the puzzle is our skeleton, the second layer consists of the organs and the top layer represents our muscles. How many organs can you name?

Our Skeleton

An adult’s skeleton consists of 206 bones. These bones are made of calcium and other minerals that make our bones strong but somewhat flexible. Bones work together to protect our organs, provide support to keep our shape and help us to move. They also provide a site for the production of blood cells.

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How do we move?

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Our skeleton and muscles work together to allow us to move our bodies in different ways. About 50% of the human body is muscle and we use over 200 individual muscles every time we walk. Muscles are connected to our bones via tendons, these pull on the joints to help us move that part of our body. Try wiggling your fingers: you can see the tendons in the back of your hand moving as they pull on the bones?

The Digestive System

Take a look at the organs you’ve arranged inside the body: the yellow pieces represent the digestive system. Our digestive system breaks down the food we eat to release energy and carries away solid waste.

Our Liver

The liver is the largest solid organ in your body and performs over 500 functions. It helps get rid of toxins from our blood, produces bile and helps break down food, and turn it into energy.

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Try this

Go try the exhibit Pull Yourself Together, here you can see how individual organs fit together inside our body.

Did you know?

Our bodies do not produce calcium. We get calcium via the food we eat or through supplements. A low calcium diet can lead to weak bone structure or poor growth. It typically takes 10 years for all the bones in our bodies to be renewed.

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