Students building muscle ... with clay

The human body is a wondrous and intricately designed creation that takes my breath away every time I revisit it. From the ways different parts of the body communicate with each other to the steps involved in keeping blood moving throughout the body, God’s fingerprints are seen all throughout our bodies.

In Anatomy and Physiology, students get a front row seat at beholding this masterpiece each class. During the next two weeks, though, they’ll get a chance to put their own fingerprints on the creation of a body- using clay.

One of the great blessings Concordia Lutheran High School has is the use of the program Anatomy in Clay, a hands-on, tactile learning experience that allows students to form the various parts of the body with clay on their own 2 and 1/2-foot tall Maniken.

Rather than learning through pictures and readings, students will get their hands dirty, forming over 20 muscles on their Manikens. They will get to see where these muscles attach, how they are positioned, what other muscles are near them, and what actions they perform. By the end of the muscular unit, the students have a fuller understanding not only of the names and locations of the muscles, but of the love and care the Lord put into designing the bodies that they use on a daily basis.

It is my prayer as their teacher that the students can say with the Psalmist, “I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well,” (Psalm 139:14).

Brian Loesel,
Science Teacher