High school students will dissect realistic, synthetic frogs for the first time - BGR
Dissecting a frog was once a rite of passage for high school (and sometimes middle school) students across the country. As you walked through the classes, you would hear other students talking about it, and whether you love it or hate it, you were going to have your date with an unhappy frog sooner or later.
Many schools carry on the tradition in this country. their science classes today, although some have reduced their activities somewhat. Students at JW Mitchell High School in Florida recently got their hands on some frogs just waiting to be opened, but they were no ordinary amphibians. Frogs were synthetic replicas of their real-life counterparts, with internal organs and fake tissue
. Opening one and digging one into their guts doesn't mean as much stomach pain as diving into a real amphibian, but it does give students the same kind of insight into the inner workings of an animal's body.
The models of frogs are the same. size like the real thing, but they don't come cheap. A single synthetic frog costs $ 150. It may seem overly expensive, especially for a school district that would need to buy several for a class, but the problem here is that they are reusable. They can be reassembled over and over again, which means that a school can buy as many as needed for a single class, and each class dissects the same frogs.
Over the course of many years, fake frogs pay for themselves. . As a bonus, this slightly reduces the number of real frogs that need to be harvested so that students can poke in the guts before throwing them away.
This article appeared first (in English) on BGR