FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2021
UNIQUE LEARNING AT QUEENS CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
The students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy, located in the South Ozone Park section of Queens, recently took part in a hands-on lesson to learn the importance of eye health, when they dissected the eyeball of a cow. Students used materials such as medical scissors and a magnifying glass in the lesson named “Orbis,” named for the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, which has traveled the world since 1982.
“As a part of a two-day lesson revolving around the importance of eye health and access to medical care for the eye, students were given an opportunity during the hands-on portion to observe an actual eye. Using a cow eye as a model, students completed a dissection that allowed them to observe actual optical nerves that provide information to the brain about what is being seen and even delve deep to find the lens of the eye,” said Satti Marchan, Principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy in Queens.
“Watching students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades involved in such a rigorous instructional expedition, like the dissection of an eyeball blew me away. Being a secondary school specialist, dissections of this nature usually take place in Advanced Placement HS Science courses. What a rich and scholarly learning experience these children are having through the Flying Classroom program!” said Michael LaForgia, District Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The lesson is part of The Flying Classroom STEM supplemental curriculum recently incorporated in schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn. Captain Irving, the first Black person to pilot a plane around the world solo, and at the time the youngest, is the founder of The Flying Classroom
Photos attached courtesy of the Diocese of Brooklyn.