Real Bodies

In an exciting and educational adventure, anatomy and biology students from Shelley Collins’ class at Tecumseh High School recently delved into the intricacies of the human body at the Real Bodies Exhibition at the Sloan Museum of Discovery in Flint.

Situated within the heart of the Flint Cultural Center, the Sloan Museum of Discovery is a nonprofit public institution dedicated to hands-on, interactive learning experiences. Boasting four primary galleries, the museum offers a diverse range of exhibits, including a hands-on earth sciences hall, an early childhood learning gallery, a local history gallery spotlighting Genesee County and the Flint area, and a sprawling 11,000 square-foot vehicle gallery showcasing rare and historic vehicles built in Genesee County.

The highlight of the students’ visit was the Real Bodies exhibit, a captivating display perfectly aligned with their anatomy and physiology curriculum. As the exhibit concluded on January 14th, students were treated to an up-close exploration of real human bodies, gaining profound insights into their intricate functions – from blood vessels to bones.

Student quotes captured the enthusiasm and impact of the experience:

  • "I have never loved an exhibit more than this one, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I believe it is a good thing to experience, and it helps an individual understand their own body even better." - Annika-Svenja Brown
  • "The Real Bodies trip was really interesting. I enjoyed seeing how different parts of the body enable you to do simple things, and I liked how the bodies were positioned realistically, like as if they were actually playing the sport." - Hannah Abel
  • "I really liked this exhibit overall, and it made me appreciate the complex systems of the human body even more." - Ashley Bemis
  • "I would say the fetal development section was the most impactful. Being able to see how life starts and progresses was very interesting." - Elizabeth Castorena
  • "I was really impressed by the whole Real Bodies enclosure. The lighting included with all the structures and interactive pieces were perfect." - Mallory Eaton
  • "The Real Bodies Exhibit in Flint was an educational learning experience that also was able to capture many eyes and evoke questions through their displays." - Jiliang Koeppe
  • "The biggest impact that the field trip had on me was seeing all of these bodies and realizing that what I was seeing was inside of me. It was very eye-opening and helped me understand what the inside of my body actually looks like other than just pictures out of a book." - Alli Zajac

This unique excursion enriched the students’ understanding of the human body and provided them with a visual and immersive experience that left a lasting impression. The Sloan Museum of Discovery continues to be a beacon of educational opportunities, igniting curiosity and fascination in the minds of young learners.