Photo Byline: Elly Krueger (12), Kaylyn Walker (11), and Peter Giles (11) examine the brain during the dissection lab. Photo Credit: Alyce Jones.
A smell similar to heavy cleaning chemicals filled the room. While Dalton Gleeson (11) held open the bag, Zoe Schafer (11) pulled out the brain without hesitation.
“I want to be a doctor, so I don’t mind seeing things like brains, blood, and guts,” said Schafer.
In Mrs. Valerie Uthlaut’s Human Biology class, students learn about the human brain through sheep brain dissection after a series of lessons on the nervous system.
“I like [class] labs because I can actually see where things are. It’s better than a worksheet,” said Eddie Parrett (12).
During labs, the class is broken up into groups and given a paper explaining the steps to follow throughout the lab.
The goal is to identify the section or parts of the brain they previously learned about in the lesson.
“I learn better doing things with my hands. So a hands-on experience helps me retain more information,” said Madison Coleman (12).