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Horse Science Academy

STEM workshop for high school aged students

November 18th, 2017

Cline Equine Center, Stillwater, OK


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 third year the program is offered, with the intention of an annual offering and a rotation of topics.  For 2017,subjects will include the science of behavioral modification, first aid aid and the science of wound healing.


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

2. First aid - Students will learn the basics of first aid, with an emphasis on biological systems and wound healing.  Laboratories will include 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 4th: includes lunch, lab notebook, and supplies.


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