In the past, many of the models available for classroom teaching at any level were rather basic. They included the skeletal structure and perhaps the muscles and major cardiovascular element, but rarely did they include significant, realistic and detailed specialized models of specific organs.
Today, thanks to a variety of technologies, including the use of 3D printed models, it is possible to find the level of detail required in any body system, organ or structure. New plastics and plastic processing options allow for durable, long-lasting models that will stand up to decades of classroom use. This is ideal when teaching human anatomy, particularly when it comes to having a detailed anatomical brain model.
In addition to an anatomical brain model, many companies also offer complete models of the nervous system. This is a great option to provide the level of detail and specificity needed for both basic and advanced lessons.
For students in more advanced types of anatomy classes, the use of a life-sized anatomical brain model with removal parts is highly recommended. For lab work, lectures or individual study, being able to show how the parts of the brain fit into the skull and fit within each other is a very powerful learning tool.
A life-sized model also makes things applicable to the student. Understanding how the brain functions together and how the skull and the dura mater provide structure and protection to the parts of the brain makes learning come to life.
When choosing any model, always look for quality manufacturers. There are cheap brain models readily available online, but they are not durable, and they simply do not stand up to frequent handling and manipulation. While they may seem like a low-cost option, the need for frequent replacement quickly makes them a poor investment for any classroom, specialist’s office or learning lab environment.
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