It’s Biology class and you have a choice: You could stare at the definition of mutation in your science book: “…a permanent, heritable alteration of the nucleotide sequence in a gene or chromosome…” Or. You could go to Ms. Medina’s class, where you can spend time living in the world of mutations.
Simple tools like masking tape, test tubes and blindfolds were used to help the students adjust their bodies so they could understand those living with various challenges: lack of peripheral vison, blindness, from no fingers to fused fingers, no legs and more. Then, experiments in doing simple tasks, such as picking up simple objects were conducted, giving the ‘mutated’ students a taste of the difficulties encountered—clearer than any picture in a book.
The Biology class discussed the effect of mutations after the lab experiment… with a greater understanding of the effect of mutations; and perhaps also a bit more compassion for those who struggle with physical challenges of their own.