1-Measuring Blood Pressure
- Why is it important for people with Williams Syndrome
to have their blood pressure monitored periodically?
(Most people with Williams Syndrome will have some sort
of vessel or heart problem. A blood pressure measurement
offers a "window" on the functioning of the circulatory
- What do the two numbers of a blood pressure mean?
(The first number (systolic) identifies the maximum surge
pressure of the blood. The second number (diastolic) identifies
the resting pressure within the vessel.)
2 - Compromised Diameter
- Through which of the two tubes did you blow the hardest?
- Why was it easier to blow air through the larger diameter
(The larger diameter offered more space for moving air.
Since there was less resistance, the air flowed with less
- If we were to apply this experience to Williams Syndrome,
what would the straw and paper tube represent?
(The straw represents the smaller diameter blood vessels
that are often present in people with this syndrome. The
wider-diameter paper tube represents the larger diameter
of healthy blood vessels.)
activities in this guide were contributed by Michael DiSpezio,
a Massachusetts-based science writer and author of "Critical
Thinking Puzzles" and "Awesome Experiments in Light & Sound"
(Sterling Publishing Co., NY).
Academic Advisors for this Guide:
Corrine Lowen, Science Department, Wayland Public Schools,
Suzanne Panico, Science Teacher Mentor, Cambridge Public Schools,
Anne E. Jones, Science Department, Wayland Middle School,