Anatomage Tables

High School Students to Benefit from New State-of-the-Art Anatomy Visualization Technology
Posted on 06/04/2020

DCSS board approves purchase of 3D Anatomage tables using ESPLOST funds.

At its most recent meeting on May 18, the Douglas County School Board voted to approve the purchase of four Anatomage tables. The Anatomage labs purchased by the Douglas County School System are state-of-the-art pieces of technology used in medical schools, hospitals and institutions around the globe.

Superintendent Mr. Trent North says that “The idea to adopt the Anatomage tables was born out of the school system's desire to keep Douglas County classrooms on the cutting edge, utilizing the most advanced instructional tools available to foster high quality teaching, especially in STEM fields.”

The Anatomage tables will allow students to interact with life size, three dimensional representations of human organs and body systems, allowing them to zoom, rotate, dissect and even overlay multiple systems at once. According to Casey Bethel, Douglas County’s STEM coordinator, “It is like having the 'BODIES Exhibit' in every school.” These interactive labs will contribute to the practical relevance of the science curriculum and will positively impact student achievement.

Mr. Bethel goes on to say that “The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us all of the need for highly skilled healthcare professionals and DCSS is doing its part to ensure that young people are prepared for those roles. The Anatomage tables will be used to practice hands-on skills and deepen students' content knowledge in Human Anatomy, Health Sciences (CTAE), and other related courses.”

This means that all students will benefit from these tables in core science classes like anatomy and biology, while also allowing students participating in healthcare-related career paths to utilize some of the more advanced features of the table like surgical technique and radiology.

Alexander, Chapel Hill, Douglas County and New Manchester High Schools will each receive one Anatomage table. Lithia Springs High School administrators and STEM teachers are currently evaluating their science resources and needs and are considering the purchase of an Anatomage table later this year.

With an increased emphasis on digital learning in the wake of COVID-19, it is important to note that all of the Anatomage content can be delivered virtually to students in the event of a digital learning scenario. So, while students will be able to virtually manipulate the cadavers using the tables in the classroom, they will also have access to the virtualizations via the internet.

The four labs are expected to be fully functional by the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

The Anatomage labs were purchased with funds from ESPLOST, the penny sales tax that has been collected since 1997 and must be approved by voters every five years. The renewal of ESPLOST is up for a vote in Douglas County on June 9, 2020.

More information about the tables can be found online here.

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