Exploring Medical Challenges Together

IMG_2258Students at THS learn about real world problems with a hands on, group approach and as they work together they learn together.  We saw this today in Mrs. Bognuda’s Introduction to Animal Science class.

“Working together in a team is not only more interesting but it allows us to brainstorm and problem solve in a more effective way.” — Hannah Rossi

According to Healthline, 75% of the world is effected by “lactose intolerance”, a digestive disorder caused by the inability to digest lactose, the main carbohydrate in dairy products.  People with lactose intolerance don’t make enough of the enzyme lactase, which is needed to digest lactose.

“Doing experiments and labs change our learning from a lesson to an experience.” — Marino D’Alfonso

IMG_2235Lactase is an enzyme produced by many organisms.  It is located in the brush border of the small intestine of humans and other mammals and is essential to the complete digestion of whole milk; it breaks down lactose, a sugar which gives milk its sweetness.

IMG_2230Today, in Mrs. Bognuda’s class, students were divided into groups to learn exactly how this works.  Student explored sugar levels in milk to show how lactase breaks down lactose.  This study helps students to understand why people who are lactose intolerant, and don’t have lactase,  can not break down lactose into glucose.

Thank you Mrs. Bognuda for creating opportunities for problem solving, team building and enriched learning.


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