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Affton Students Learn From 3 Doctors, Dissect Sheep's Brains

The students also had the chance to touch a human brain.

On Thursday, students in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical program at Affton High School had the opportunity to learn about the structure and functions of the central nervous system through hands-on experience, according to a press release from the school district.

Dr. Paul H. Young (M.D.), a neurosurgeon with St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Dr. Paul A. Young (Ph.D.), a professor emeritus of anatomy and neurobiology at St. Louis University Medical School and Dr. Julia C. Young (M.D.), a pediatrician with SSM Preferred Pediatrics, spoke to Tim Knox’s class today. 

Paul A. Young used a human brain as a visual aid as he talked about the anatomy of the brain.

Then, while he demonstrated on a brain projected onto a screen for the class to view, students worked in pairs to dissect their own sheep brains.

Students also had the opportunity to touch a human brain and examine a spinal cord. 

PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education programs used in middle and high schools across the United States. Affton School District offers PLTW curriculum in biomedical science and engineering at the high school and engineering at Rogers Middle School.

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