Weekly All School Bulletin
Seventh Grade Scientists Use Virtual Reality Lab to Explore Intricacies of the Human Body
Biologist. Gastroenterologist. Neurosurgeon. While our seventh grade scientists are many years removed from practicing medicine, their work in the zSpace provided more than a cursory glance at a 3-D dissection of the human brain, opportunities to explore the digestive tract, and an analysis of veins, arteries, muscles, and bones. Seeing diagrams in a textbook or on an iPad- and even looking at a model of rattling bones and body parts- cannot compare with the virtual reality of picking up a digital pen, choosing a tool to measure, dissect, rotate or rebuild and experiencing the intricacies of the human body.
Technology is only as effective as the instructional integration of information and application of knowledge that is practiced by each student. Seventh graders were challenged to compare a human brain to a rat’s brain, to determine why people with ALS still have feeling in their legs, even though they can no longer control their leg muscles, and to explain how nerve damage in one part of the body can lead to loss of feeling or paralysis in another. If the sheer magnitude of this learning experience leaves you feeling momentary visual problems often described as “seeing stars,” stop by the zSpace and see our scientists at work; they will certainly be able to explain why this happens!
With critical thinking questions in hand, iPad at the ready and a steady hand, our middle students are just a few years away from picking up a scalpel, realizing in seventh grade that an experience in virtual reality may just be the real world career that fulfills their lives.
~ Nedra Gusenburg