A hands-on exploration of sheep brain dissection in Grade 11 biology
Grade 11 Biology students recently transitioned from the endocrine system to the nervous system with a hands-on sheep brain dissection. The dissection illuminated the crucial link between the endocrine and nervous systems, emphasizing the hypothalamus' role in maintaining homeostasis—a balanced internal state.
As students explored the sheep brain's major features, they gained insights into its functions and identified the hypothalamus as a key regulator between the two physiological systems. The use of sheep brains highlighted structural similarities with the human brain, providing valuable anatomical insights.
This approach not only fosters hands-on learning but also underscores the interconnectedness of physiological systems. This dissection experience equips students with a deeper understanding of the intricate relationship between the endocrine and nervous systems, laying a foundation for further exploration in their biology studies. – Ms. Dalton, Senior School Science Teacher