Walton Education Foundation

The goal of this project is to give students hands-on experience with anatomical models for study in Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. Currently, 0% of Biology students have adequate knowledge of the human body in order to pass the state Biology EOC exam. 0% of Anatomy and Physiology students were able to pass a pre-assessment that assesses the standards as outlined on the state of Florida course description. Hands-on experience with models will provide students with opportunities to improve their comprehension of anatomy through visual and tactile learning. These models will last many years and provide opportunities for hundreds of students.
Benchmarks that will be addressed through the use of these models include:
SC.912.L.14.16: Describe the anatomy and histology, including ultrastructure, of muscle tissue.
After students have experienced this course using a variety of teaching methods, including the use of the purchased models, it is expected that at least 70% of biology and anatomy students will pass an assessment of the above standards at the end of the school year.
SC.912.L.14.26 Identify the major parts of the brain on diagrams or models.
SC.912.L.14.27: Identify the functions of the major parts of the brain, including the meninges, medulla, pons, midbrain, hypothalamus, thalamus, cerebellum and cerebrum.
SC.912.L.14.36: Describe the factors affecting blood flow through the cardiovascular system.
SC.912.L.14.38: Describe normal heart sounds and what they mean.
SC.912.L.14.40: Describe the histology of the major arteries and veins of systemic, pulmonary, hepatic portal, and coronary circulation.
SC.912.L.14.50: Describe the structure of vertebrate sensory organs. Relate structure to function in vertebrate sensory systems.

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Hands-on Anatomical Models

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School:
Paxton School 
Subject:
STEM Education 
Teacher:
Brande Manning 
Students Impacted:
103 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
October 4, 2017

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

CHELCO - $1,000.00

 

Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 103

103 Biology and Anatomy students benefitted from having access to the models purchased with this grant.  Students were given an up-close, hands-on look at structures of the body being studied. This helped increase their comprehension and appreciation for the structure and functions of these organs. 

When we study the brain in biology, students are required to recognize and identify parts of the brain.  We usually use diagrams for this purpose.  Students were very excited to be able to hold and manipulate the brain model that separated into relevant sections.  The brain was used for the same purpose in anatomy and physiology.

The heart model was very effective in identifying parts and functions within the heart.  Anatomy students are required to identify structures as well as track blood flow.  The hands-on experience with this sectioned model gave students the chance to actually trace blood flow through the parts as well as identify the structures.  We normally use actual heart specimens for this activity, but the model was very effective, and lest offensive to some of the more emotional students.

The eye model was probably the most useful and successful purchase.  Understanding the different sections of the eye is very difficult in both diagram and dissected form.  A dissected eye is very useful in giving students real-world experience with the structure, but the parts are often difficult to identify.  This model made our study of the eye much more effective.

The fourth model of a muscle was never received from the vendor, as it was on back order.  If this model is received soon, it will be very helpful in next years studies.

All of these models will serve students for many years to come as they are durable and robust.  The presence of these models will reduce future costs for specimens and will allow science funds to be used for other purposes.

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Student Using Model

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Student Using Model

 

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Student Using Model

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of this project is to give students hands-on experience with anatomical models for study in Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. Currently, 0% of Biology students have adequate knowledge of the human body in order to pass the state Biology EOC exam. 0% of Anatomy and Physiology students were able to pass a pre-assessment that assesses the standards as outlined on the state of Florida course description. Hands-on experience with models will provide students with opportunities to improve their comprehension of anatomy through visual and tactile learning. These models will last many years and provide opportunities for hundreds of students.
Benchmarks that will be addressed through the use of these models include:
SC.912.L.14.16: Describe the anatomy and histology, including ultrastructure, of muscle tissue.
After students have experienced this course using a variety of teaching methods, including the use of the purchased models, it is expected that at least 70% of biology and anatomy students will pass an assessment of the above standards at the end of the school year.
SC.912.L.14.26 Identify the major parts of the brain on diagrams or models.
SC.912.L.14.27: Identify the functions of the major parts of the brain, including the meninges, medulla, pons, midbrain, hypothalamus, thalamus, cerebellum and cerebrum.
SC.912.L.14.36: Describe the factors affecting blood flow through the cardiovascular system.
SC.912.L.14.38: Describe normal heart sounds and what they mean.
SC.912.L.14.40: Describe the histology of the major arteries and veins of systemic, pulmonary, hepatic portal, and coronary circulation.
SC.912.L.14.50: Describe the structure of vertebrate sensory organs. Relate structure to function in vertebrate sensory systems. 

 

What will be done with my students

36 anatomy students and 67 biology students will actively engage with these models to learn the location and function of vital structures in the human body. Students will relate structure to function and identify parts of whole organs as required in the state science standards. Students will also engage with the models to describe how whole systems work, describe how malfunction of organs can lead to disease or disorder, and identify structures involved in specific clinical situations. Use of these models will combine with lecture, virtual images, histological study, and dissections to give students an opportunity to learn content in a variety of instructional techniques.
The described activities will take place at various times in conjunction with the teaching of the related units. Anatomy students will use the muscle and brain models during the first semester. The Eye and heart model will be used second semester. Biology students will use the brain model second semester.
Future biology and anatomy students will also benefit from this purchase. These models will last many years (at least a decade) if well cared for. Hundreds and hundreds of students could potentially benefit from this purchase. 

 

Benefits to my students

Anatomical models offer a 3-D experience with organs that cannot be achieved through text, picture, or virtual dissection. Students will develop a firmer understanding of state standards through hands-on learning. These skill will be useful to any student entering the medical or veterinary field after high school. Durable models also offer a more efficient means of studying structure when compared to dissection. Anatomical models will be used for many years in this science classroom.
These models will be used with 2 teachers and 103 students. Both teachers will evaluate this project in two ways:
1. Student performance assessment on the benchmarks being addressed with this project.
2. Student survey that assesses how the students valued the use of the models. 

 

Budget Narrative

I would like to purchase a total of 4 models for students.
1. Skeletal Muscle Model ($254.95)-this model displays the microscopic structure of a muscle filament. It will be very useful in understanding the mechanism by which skeletal muscle contracts as well as identifying all structures within a muscle filament.
2. Brain Model ($260.00)-this model will serve both the biology and anatomy students. Students will be able to identify the location of vital brain centers as well related location and structure to function.
3. Magnetic Heart Model ($249.00)-this model will be useful to both biology and anatomy students as they determine factors that affect how blood flows through the body. Anatomy students will further investigate all the major structures of the heart, including veins and arteries.
4. Eye, 5x Full Size ($168.00)-This model will assist anatomy students in the study of vertebrate sensory organs. Students must locate and identify all parts of the human eye and how the structure relates to function.
Remaining funds will be used to cover shipping charges. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Skeletal Muscle Model $254.95
2 Brain Model, 8 Part $260.00
3 Magnetic Heart Model, Life-Size, 5 Parts $249.00
4 Eye, 5X Full Size, 6 Part $168.00
5 Estimates Shipping Charges $68.05
  Total: $1,000.00

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