Participants will quickly sketch a frog, labeling the body parts they know. As they think about frog anatomy, they will generate a list of questions to explore during the virtual dissection process.
Participants visit the National Amphibian Conservation Center with an educator to make and record observations of amphibians. Participants will return to the Ford Education Center and use technology to explore the life cycle of a frog, then virtually dissect a frog. During the dissection, participants will record answers to their preliminary questions and continue to write new questions as they arise. The program concludes with a discussion about the participants’ remaining questions, with the education staff providing resources for participants to explore any additional questions.
Traditional dissection may involve taking animals from the wild, mass breeding, and using toxic chemicals for preserving the specimens to then be used as a tool to learn from. Alternative dissection provides a humane method to learn about anatomy and physiology.