The Mysteries of the Brain

On Tuesday, after student presentations on the hindbrain and midbrain, all of which were informative and involved colorful visual aids, Ms. Clark’s The Science Behind Emergency Response classes moved from books, charts, and visual aids to the real thing: brains. 

“It’s important to learn hands-on,” notes Ms. Clark. “It gives students a different way of learning. Also, I can interact with them differently than I might in a lecture or small group session. It keeps students active, too!”

Ms. Clark ordered sheep brains, and, after the students put on goggles and moved into the lab room, they found an opportunity to put all of their work and knowledge to the experiential test. 

“Over the course of the trimester, the students learned different parts of the anatomy of the brain, and different functions of each parts, which included the cerebrum, cerebellum, brain stem hypothalmaus, thalmaus, and corpus callosum,” explains Ms. Clark.

After each class section’s work learning about the three different parts of the brain: the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain, the students were able to identify the parts and dive deeper into examining each part.  

The highlights, as Ms. Clark details, included “the students’ initial reactions when they saw the brains and their reactions when the brain was cut in half, as well as the students seeing that they were able to recall information that we have already learned. They put it all together to find and identify the different parts. It was pretty exciting!”

Course Description:

Medical emergencies happen every day.  The CDC (Center for Disease Control) states that every year 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.  That means that every 44 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack. Would you be able to help someone if their heart stopped? Ever wonder why heart attacks occur? Ever wonder what a stroke is? Did you know that, according to the CDC, 130,000 people die each year from a stroke? What happens to the brain when someone has a stroke? Throughout this course we will learn the anatomy of the human brain and the heart and how they work together to keep us alive. You will learn the science behind what happens during a medical emergency, and you will learn what to do if an emergency ever arises.  

Students will gain knowledge from articles, research, TED talks, drawings, dissection of a brain and heart, and from the Emergency Response Text book. You will be expected to work proficiently by yourself, in groups, and participate in class discussions. 

With the help of Dublin’s Nordic Ski Team, you will have the opportunity to analyze data on why Mr. Bates and Mr. Villaamil train you so hard during practices.  At the end of the trimester, you will be able to sit for the First Aid and CPR test, once certified you will have the ability to save a life. This is a noble certification to have; it might just change your life.