Art and creativity are essential to projects in Anatomy & Physiology. To better understand directional terms, which describe the locations of structures relative to other structures or locations in the body, Ms. Hannan shared an unexpected assignment. Students were tasked with building their own Ms. Potato Head! The best way to understand directional terms is through application, so students in small groups practiced by constructing a Ms. Potato Head, complete with hair and accessories. Each part was required to be associated with a directional term. For example, Ms. Potato Head's earrings would be lateral, and a ribbon in her hair would be superior.
At the start of the course, students were encouraged to share their future career goals by designing career coat collages. They decorated the "coats" with future ambitions, current passions, and anything that motivates them to succeed. The vibrant coats are hung throughout the classroom, providing the lab with colorful art and sources of inspiration. Ms. Hannan hopes when they enter the science lab, the collages will serve as a reminder that they are confident, capable scientists. "I want them to be able to look at the goals of their classmates and themselves every day and visualize them achieving that goal," she said.
She hopes these projects and the many to come this semester will help her students understand how valuable creativity is – in all forms. "Science is not normally seen as a creative field," she explained, "but creativity is essential to be a successful scientist."