The air was filled with excitement and the smell of formaldehyde as STEM Sorority prepared for our first dissection! The stars of our first-ever dissection were, of course, starfish!
Lovingly christened Steve or Patrick from Spongebob, the starfish were distributed to groups of 3 or 4 and the dissection began. To prepare for the lab, we watched a video showing us how to carefully peel off the skin using scissors and a scalpel to get to the starfish’s digestive gland and gonads. We started off by removing the starfish’s skin along the arm, revealing a fascinating pattern under the skin:
Did you know that starfish can regrow limbs if they are severed? Some of our members wished that the starfish were living so they could test this out!