Last summer we were impressed by the award winning Frog Dissection app from Emantras so we were anxious to take a look at their latest dissection app when it was released last week. Rat Dissection is the newest app designed to enhance the science curriculum for middle and high school students.
Dissection begins with a rat on a tray and tools displayed at the bottom of the screen. Students are prompted with step-by-step instructions and led through the dissection process. Pin the rat in place, make the necessary cuts with a scalpel and students quickly get to work on their lab.
Once the belly and chest of the rat are split open, the internal organs are ready to view. Small blue dots appear throughout the abdominal cavity and indicate the organs you may select to get more information. Tap a dot on an organ and a detailed 3D picture appears along with a description of how that particular organ functions. Students may view each organ from a variety of angles by swiping their finger back and forth across the screen and read through information about the purpose of the organ by scrolling through the text at the bottom of the screen.
My kids were amazed by the original frog dissection app and were equally interested in dissecting a rat with the help of this new app. The directions were easy to follow and it didn’t take them long to get inside and expose the rat’s organs.
It’s unlikely dissection apps such as these will completely replace the traditional experience students get during a biology class, but they are a great addition to the tools teachers have to help their students learn. Rat Dissection is available for download from the App Store for $3.99.