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AP Biology profits from A&M experience

RISD REPORT
Allen Sanders
RISD Community Relations Director

Rockdale ISD is very fortunate to have teachers and staff members that want to provide an education that reaches outside the classroom walls. These experiences teach much more than just the textbook version, and students benefit greatly from them.

This week Principal Joey Geletka would like to share with you a very interesting trip to Texas A&M.

Exciting things are happening this year in the Advanced Placement Biology class at Rockdale High School. Teacher Christine Williams and the students taking the course took a field trip in December to visit the Health Science Center at Texas A& M University in College Station, where in addition to a tour of the medical school, they got to experience hands-on scenarios that doctors regularly face in a hospital setting.

What was the first handson activity when they arrived? An anatomy lesson with real brain and bone specimens. The ten seniors put on gloves and explored the regions of the human brain under the guidance of current medical students. Other activities included scrubbing and gowning for surgery, practicing swaddling newborns, and performing a “Code Blue” on a mannequin.


RHS AP Biology class members (L-R) Alix Hoffman, Autumn Davenport, Lane Schweitzer, Alicia Palacios, Melanie Ibarra and teacher Christine Williams took a field trip in December to Texas A&M’s Health Science Center and College of Veterinary Medicine. RHS AP Biology class members (L-R) Alix Hoffman, Autumn Davenport, Lane Schweitzer, Alicia Palacios, Melanie Ibarra and teacher Christine Williams took a field trip in December to Texas A&M’s Health Science Center and College of Veterinary Medicine. After lunch and a brief presentation on how to prepare for a career in medicine, the students and their teacher again boarded the bus to travel a few miles over to the College of Veterinary Medicine. A second year vet student led them on a tour of the school, in which they observed current students in action working with dogs, cats and horses.

The tour included a visit to both the small and large animal clinics, as well as a brief view of a canine operation and an equine checkup. Students said afterwards they learned that being a doctor is harder than they thought, but that the field trip was very educational and student-friendly. asanders@rockdaleisd.net


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