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HZAU Holds the 19th Animal Skeleton Assembly Competition

Students assemble the skeleton in cooperation. [Picture/Yang Yujing]

The 19th Skeleton Assembly Competition was held from May 21st to 28th as scheduled. A total of 51 professional teams and 12 amateur teams made it to the finals. The event consisted of three rounds: “pre-competition training, “written examination”, and the “final”, which took place on May 27th and 28th at the Basketball Court of on the Second Sports Field.

Animal matching game [Picture/Gao Yanxi]

In the final, each team was tasked with two challenges: “Entertaining Game” and “Creative Skeleton Assembly”. In the first one, the organizer designed four mini-challenges: Animal Rescue, Animal Bomb, Animal Matching, and Animal Password. The ingenious combination of animal science popularization with games tested not only their teamwork ability but also command of knowledge about animals.

The atmosphere was lively during the “Creative Skeleton Assembly”. The staff prepared wooden frames and a complete set of cow bones beforehand. The “professional teams” and “amateur teams” were given 10 minutes and 15 minutes respectively to finish the task and 3 minutes for skeleton observation prior to the game. Some stood in contemplation while others already got down to work. Three minutes later, the bones were randomly disarranged and as the referee sent out the signal, each team divided up the work while racing against time. By comparing the thickness and length of the cow bones over and over again, they identified the exact position of the cow bones through their professional knowledge, practical skills, and teamwork.

Students position the bone. [Photo/Feng Songyun]

After the game, Jin Yongzhen, a freshman, shared that pre-competition training, teamwork, and competition spirit played a key role in assembling the skeleton. Wei Xinyao, a sophomore from College of Animal Sciences & Technology stressed the significance of professional knowledge with an example of assembling of ribs and thoracic vertebrae. “Since we have to identify the front, back, external and internal of each bone, which shares similar shape and size, professional knowledge is a must during the assembly,” she said.

This competition was jointly organized by the College of Animal Sciences & Technology as well as the Department of Student Clubs, and hosted by the Animal Science and Technology Association, with the aim of popularizing knowledge about animal skeletons while cultivating and enhancing students’ practical skills and teamwork competence.

Translated by Yu Xianqin
Supervised by Jin Bei