By Pilar Martin
HALSTEAD – This year’s students in Duane Knoll’s Bio Medical Advanced Anatomy class, have a unique learning opportunity.
The district purchased nine skeletons that give students a hands-on approach in anatomy. The students use the skeletons at first to study and learn placement of bones in the body. Then the interesting part begins.
Students actually put together a human body, a layer at a time. Each layer, muscular, circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems, and the urinary and reproductive systems, all have a different color of plasticene clay.
The students carefully measure, mold, cut and place the internal parts of the body onto the skeletons, which stand about 30 inches tall. Right now, they have put on the eyes and facial muscles and are working on the larger muscles. Graphics of the skeletal systems are projected on an interactive board, showing the students size and placement of each part that much be attached to the skeleton.
Knoll said, “It gives the students a three dimensionality.” Knoll wanted to get started early in the year on the project. “This is kind of backwards for us. We are learning all about the layers in the body before we start dissecting cats.”
Students in the class are part of the CTE Bio-medical Innovations Pathway. Jordan
White, a senior, wants to study nursing. Mattie Werner, also a senior, wants to study forensic science. Before students can take the class they have to pass biology and anatomy.