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Get Your Hands on Anatomy!
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Ended Sep 29, 2017
I teach Human Anatomy & Physiology at Aloha HS. Anatomy in Clay is a product that combines art and science to help students learn the anatomy of the human body. Skeletal models and clay will help my students get 'hands on' learning in the classroom.

'The Mind Cannot Forget What The Hands Have Learned,' is a trademarked phrase of Anatomy in Clay and it could not be truer in the case of learning anatomy.

My name is Stephanie Niosi and I teach Human Anatomy & Physiology to over 100 students each year at Aloha High School in Beaverton, OR. Last Spring, I was able to attend an AIC professional development course where I got 'hands on' with anatomy and my skeletal model, Slim. First, I gave him a brain, complete with different lobes and glands. Next, I gave him his digestive tract, carefully rolling the esophagus and giving shape to the stomach, and small and large intestines. He also needed a liver, kidneys and a bladder, so I formed those from clay with my own hands too. Last but not least I sculpted the muscles, nerves, and vessels. I began to see how the organs fit into the body's cavities and just how interrelated all of the structures of the body are. Even as a veteran anatomy and physiology teacher, I gained some valuable insights into not only the content but into the struggles that many students have in learning A&P by working with the model myself.


I am asking for $1000 to start building an inventory of the models for my students to use in our class. 

$505.10 will buy one MANIKEN Student Model with stand and clay supply  (one model can be used by 4 students)

$24.50 will buy two basic tool kits

$118.60 will buy two conversion kits (to allow one model to be divided for use by two different lab groups)

$351.80 will go toward the purchase of a second MANIKEN Student Model (the remaining cost of $153.30 will come from our annual science budget)

The ongoing maintenance cost for the kits is minimal. The clay does not dry out, so once purchased the kits and clay can be reused indefinitely. 


There is nothing more fascinating than learning about the working complexities of the human body. Human Anatomy & Physiology is a rigorous course with a large amount of content to be learned. Can you help me to provide a wonderful hands-on tool to help my students succeed? They just might become the nurse, doctor, veterinarian, or other health care provider that takes care of you or someone you love some day in the future. 


Thank you!

This project is supported by the Beaverton Education Foundation.

Founded in 1988, the Beaverton Education Foundation raises money to provide hands-on innovative academic enrichment and advancement programs & projects that go beyond normal school funding at all Beaverton public schools and is a 501(c)(3) community-based nonprofit organization. BEF mobilizes community resources to fund innovative classroom, summer and after-school programs.

In the event that this project does not reach its goal, BEF may apply the funds received to another project in need.

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