Cardiovascular Construction Kit
The Cardiovascular Construction Kit (CVCK) allows students to design and construct a wide
range of cardiovascular systems, testing each one to see how it behaves and whether it could
actually exist and survive in a real organism. CVCK provides a set of basic components, e.g.,
pumps, vessels, capillaries and so on, which may be pieced together to construct a cardiovascular
system. Gauges and measurement techniques are provided so you can draw conclusions from
Note: CVCK is a MAC Archive Module and requires System 6.05 to System 6.07.
To construct cardiovascular systems with CVCK, select components from the
menu bars, drag them onto the main screen, and connect them together by making them touch.
CVCK makes it possible to
construct experiments as well as
systems. Such experiments allow
comparisons of the performance of
systems with different
configurations or characteristics.
One constructs experiments by
deciding what aspects of
performance need to be measured
and by hooking up gauges at
Gauges that can measure variables
like pressure and blood flow can
be connected to the components,
and the values that are read from these gauges can be displayed in the form of a graph.