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BEA fifth-graders get close look at a real human brain

By Staff | Apr 8, 2012

Medical student Peter Hughes displays a human brain to a class of Blue Earth Area fifth-graders last week.

Peter Hughes let Blue Earth Area fifth-graders pick his brain in the classroom or at least look at it.

Hughes, a medical student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Medical School, came to BEA?on April 4 to teach students about brains.

As a first-year medical student, Hughes is fulfilling his internship at the Dulcimer Clinic in Fairmont.

He currently is interning under Dr. Denise Schavey.

Within the requirements of his internship, Hughes is to complete a certain amount of community work.

As part of that community work, Hughes decided to call BEA schools to present a unique lesson to the students about the brain and other parts of the central nervous system.

“Do you guys want to see my brain?” he asked the fifth-graders.

Hughes put on his gloves and pulled out a real human brain.

“Someone donated their body to science so we get an upclose look at a real brain,” Hughes explained to the kids.

Hughes brought the brain around the room so all the kids could get a good look at it.

Many of the kids remarked that it looked like it was made out of clay. Others thought it could be someone’s art project.

Many other medical students at U of M-Duluth have taken their brains to different schools like Hughes did.

BEA students were one of the schools able to see for themselves what a mass of muscle that controls our every move looks like.

Hughes explained the different parts of the brain and demonstrated where they were located and what each section does.

He also showed students the brain of a mouse so they were able to compare it to the size of a human brain.

“It’s a great way to enhance their learning,”?fifth grade teacher Janet Gilreath says.