By Dylan Adlard (L6, S)
The adage ‘anatomy precedes physiology’ materialised for the Fourth Form biologists, when they had the opportunity to experience the dissecting of a pig’s brain. Being able to locate important structures in the pig brain greatly benefits the understanding of how structures are related to each other in the remarkably similar human brain. For an hour, they escaped the confines of the GCSE curriculum to learn, first hand, about the structure of the skull and brain.
Miss Ramsey expertly ran a carousel of activities that allowed the students to discover more about the brain’s functions and structures, and how they relate to psychology, injuries and major disorders associated with the brain. She illustrated this with the astonishing example of railway foreman, Phineas Gage, who had a large iron rod driven straight through his brain and survived, but with a completely changed personality.
Finally, a competition was held to see which group could scalpel the brain out of the skull with the most precision.
It was a wonderful opportunity to explore the very basics of neuroscience, and expose the students to what to expect in that line of work. As Miss Knowles commented, “Opportunities like these are invaluable to students. It opens their eyes to the endless career paths that Science offers. Such activities actively engage the students, which promotes enthusiasm which is so important to success.”