Since Anatomy is an elective science, the students I get are especially motivated to learn about the subject. My students always ask for more hands-on activities, so they can appreciate how things really look and feel.
Being able to go beyond looking at images on a page, and to truly interact with real specimens, will enable our students to participate in a much more meaningful educational process.
With high achieving and motivated students, the hardest part of the job is to keep them engaged and challenged. This project will go a long way to achieving these goals.
Anatomy and Physiology is an elective course. Students choose to study Anatomy because they are excited to learn how the body works, so now they can use pig specimens for an autopsy. These interactions help them appreciate the inner workings, and the tools help to do it in a way that motivates and educates.
This project will create memories.
Students will get to look at the actual arrangement of organs in a mammal, feel them, explore, and interact. This should help them to remember more of the Anatomy and Physiology. But, this activity is much more. It is different from what is usually performed in the classroom. It is an investigation that will be remembered long after students have left the class.
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