Hands on Learning
Brentwood Academy has become the first school in the Nashville area to begin using SynDaver’s second-generation Anatomy Model, a full-sized, head-to-toe synthetic human, to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities for anatomy and pre-med education.
Science department faculty at Brentwood Academy plan to extend the integration of SynDaver’s technology into the curriculums of more anatomy and physiology classes offered at the school, and eventually into lower level biology classes and middle school science classes.
“The SynDaver provides a platform for applying knowledge of many different aspects of physiology and anatomy. The life-sized, anatomically accurate model will help students better visualize structures and connections that are discussed in class,” said Jeff Bryant, dean of faculty and science department chair at Brentwood Academy. “Textbook photos are good, desktop models help, but SynDaver is the ultimate model in that it puts the structure in its anatomical context and can be manipulated by the students.”
The SynDaver Anatomy Model’s tissues are composed of water, fibers and salts, similar to a living organism and they accurately mimic the textual feel of live tissue. The model is equipped with replaceable muscles, vasculature, bones, organs and more.
SynDaver’s synthetic technology is an animal-friendly and cost-effective education tool that can be used to elevate student interest and, therefore, comprehension of anatomy-related coursework.
“We’re thrilled to bring this technology to students at Brentwood Academy and applaud the forward-thinking decision of the donors, administrators and faculty members who made this possible,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver. “Using SynDaver technologies in new and existing anatomy curriculums enables students to gain significant advantage over peers who learn through traditional text books.”