Students get a glimpse of a career in medicine

Students from Brooke Weston Academy in Corby donned their scrubs to take part in a Operating Theatre Live workshop, where they dissected simulated body organs.

Thursday, 19th January 2017, 2:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th January 2017, 2:47 pm

The Year 10 to 13 students, who are all interested in careers in medicine or science, dissected pig brains, removed eyes, examined the structure of lungs and attempted a heart transplant in an experience designed to be as authentic as possible.

The programme was created by Samuel Piri, a STEM coordinator, head of science and director of teacher training.

He studied anatomy before completing his teacher training. He said: “We visit schools, colleges and hospitals all over the country. Everything is curriculum linked and relevant to the students’ exams. We use real animal organs and we give students a first hand experience similar to being in a real operating theatre.

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“I started Operating Theatre Live because there is a chronic shortage of science teachers and lack of creativity in bringing lessons to life. My main focus, from a teaching perspective, is always about impact, taking what students learn in the classroom and putting it into practice.”

Science teacher Dan Hawksley said: “We wanted to inspire them and show there are many medical routes to follow. Everyone really enjoyed performing the dissections. It has really opened their eyes to the possibility of a medical career.”