BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Matthew Martinez’s middle school students and Jean Ambroselli’s fifth-graders at Bronxville's Chapel School recently utilized technology to bring their textbooks to life in some exciting projects.
The middle school students demonstrated some cool new tools and were great guides to help teach the fifth-graders about the human body systems, according to a release from The Chapel School.
Students were exposed to augmented reality, an emerging technology with educational benefits. Together the students looked at two-dimensional illustrations that came to life using specific applications, the release said.
The heart turned into a realistic three-dimensional organ, one that could be manipulated and turned around. It even allowed students to remove specific parts like the right ventricle or a valve.
The circulatory system was presented as if students were traveling alongside red and white blood cells in the blood stream, according to the release. Students shouted “Oh my gosh, those are branching cells!” when navigating through the central nervous system.
“What better way to experience the human body systems than to travel through it yourself using three-dimensional glasses,” said Ambroselli.
It was a memorable experience for all and gave students the opportunity to experience the human body systems in an unconventional way, the release said. It also sparked great questions that will allow the students to explore the human body systems further.
"Advances in science and technology are critical to my vision for the future at TCS," said Michael Schultz, principal at The Chapel School.
A staff member said, “We want to foster a love of learning, exploring, and excitement about the world.”
The focus of the program is to encourage the students to think scientifically by practicing science process skills and critical thinking skills.