Hands-On Experience For BioMed Students At AHS



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Dr. Paul H. Young, a neurosurgeon at St. Anthony's Medical Center, during a recent presentation to students at Affton High School. (click for larger version)
10/25/2013 - On Oct. 10, students in the Project Lead the Way 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.

Paul H. Young, M.D., a neurosurgeon with St. Anthony's Medical Center, Paul A. Young, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of anatomy and neurobiology at St. Louis University Medical School, and Julia C. Young, M.D., a pediatrician with SSM Preferred Pediatrics, presented to students in Tim Knox's class.

The presentation began with a lecture on the anatomy of the brain by Dr. Paul Young, who used a human brain as a visual aid. Young then led a dissection activity utilizing the brain of a sheep.

Students also had the opportunity to touch a human brain and examine a spinal cord. Young emphasized the importance of what they were doing.

"Hold it with a sense of awe," he said. "This brain contains everything that made up a person. It stored their memories, and controlled every move that they made."

Following the presentation, Sue Jackson, principal at Affton High School, commended teacher Tim Knox for the work he has done with the Project Lead the Way biomedical science program.

"He does an amazing job promoting the program," she said. "It takes a lot of work to organize bringing three doctors into a classroom for something like this."

Project Lead the Way is the leading provider of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. Affton School District offers curriculum in biomedical science and engineering at Affton High School, and engineering at Rogers Middle School.

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