Splinters and paper cuts? No. Broken bones? Yes, that’s more worthy of a trip to the hospital. So goes a first-aid lesson for a first-grader.
Treating bumps and scrapes is the first lesson of Little Medical School, a St. Louis County-based company that introduces young learners to health and science.
“I really want them to know that if their friend falls on the playground, they know they gotta put pressure on that, because that’s going to stop the bleeding,” said Heather Nickel, an instructor with Little Medical School.
They won’t be physicians by the fifth grade, but the company hopes students will have a foundation in the subject and be inspired to pursue careers in health care.
A St. Louis-area company is trying to encourage more kids to be health-care professionals. How do you do that? With Play-Doh and fake blood.
Nickel is using a classroom at Rockwood School District’s Stanton Elementary for her medical school. A handful of students are staying after school for the six-week program. Little Medical School works in several school districts in the region.
The lessons are hands on. This week’s subject is the brain, so out comes the Play-Doh. Students pull, squish, flatten and roll the doh into cerebral models.