The outer skin of the starfish is hard and rough while the inside matter is soft and has a consistency similar to caviar. Some of the students found larvae inside their specimen, meaning the starfish was breeding at the time of death.
Rae Stanley, a rising 11th-grader at Cabell Midland High School, said she was intrigued to learn about the anatomical features of both specimens.
"It is pretty cool to see what the insides of an earthworm and starfish look like," she said. "It's always good to learn new things, especially when it involves science."
Rae hopes to study molecular engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology upon graduation.
Adam Swolsky, a human anatomy and physiology instructor at Mountwest, said he was thrilled that the camp attracted such students. Swolsky attended such a camp when he was in the fifth grade and has since devoted his life to science.
"The response we received from students is fantastic," he said. "Nothing can replace the hands-on experience that is provided through this camp."
Nebraska Scientific provided the specimens. Grasshoppers and crayfish were dissected Tuesday. Feral pigs and rats are on today's schedule.
Additional camps begin next Monday and June 24. The sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon, and the cost is $100 per camper.
For additional information or to register, Erica Gilkerson can be contacted at 304-710-3427 or at gilker...@mctc.edu.
Contact writer John C. Gibb at john.g...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4872.
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