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Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS)

Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS) is an outreach program of Saint Louis University that combines hands-on programs, auditorium presentations and distance learning to bring lessons of anatomy and science to life for students across the country and the world.

Two students dissecting sheep brain at the AIMS workshop

AIMS will be offering Virtual Field Trips (Distance Learning programs) and other online human anatomy programs during the 2022-2023 school year, and these are open to teachers and schools across the US and Canada. Please see the Distance Learning page for more information. 

AIMS will be offering Hands-on Cadaver Demonstrations", as well as "Guided Dissections of Pig Heart, Sheep Brains, and Pig Eyes." These are conducted on site at our state-of-the-art lab facility on the campus of Saint Louis University. 

AIMS Mission Statement

Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS) is a youth community outreach program that teaches human anatomy, medicine, health education and wellness to students, both at our University campus location and online with our Distance Learning programs. With a combination of hands-on opportunities and auditorium presentations, students get a unique look at the human body. The program offers a prevention component that provides valuable information to students regarding health risks and how to avoid medical traumas. 

Since 1991, Adventures In Medicine and Science (AIMS) has provided anatomy, health and science education outreach to students in grade school through high school. The AIMS program is a component of Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education in Saint Louis University's School of Medicine Center for Anatomic Science and Education.

What We Do

The inquiry-based methods employed by the AIMS program faculty focus on activities that challenge students and stimulate experiential learning. The process of discovery used in the hands-on programs builds important science literacy skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.

AIMS program include:

  • Auditorium presentations
  • Cadaver demonstrations
  • Distance learning
  • Hands-on dissections of pig hearts, sheep brains, and pig eyes
  • Summer workshops 

View Our Hands-On Programs

Repeat Winners of the Pinnacle Award 

In 2021, AIMS was honored for the thirteenth consecutive school year with a Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration for distance learning programs.

This award, presented annually, is based on teacher evaluations submitted through the CILC website and recognizes outstanding performance by a content provider.

In addition, in 2020 AIMS Distance Learning won the first annual Pinnacle Hall of Fame Award. This award is presented to Content Providers that have been recognized for ten or more years of quality programming. 

Make a Payment

Payments for distance learning, hands-on dissections and cadaver demonstration, auditorium presentations and summer workshops may all be made online via Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.

Pay Your Bill

  1. Please note that 80% of the total cost is due immediately. For any remainder that is due, you will be billed separately on the day of the program.
  2. If the 80% is not paid immediately, and your reservation is still held (upon request), you will still be responsible for that amount on the date of the program. 
  3. Please carefully consider your estimate of the number of students who will attend. You may call later and add a few additional students, space permitting, which is preferred over overestimating "just in case" and bringing far fewer.
    • For example: If registering for 100 students, you will be billed for 80 students. That amount is due immediately (or another date if agreed upon with AIMS). On the day of the program, if you bring the full 100 students, you will be invoiced the balance. If you bring fewer, we will refund up to five students.
  4. Cancellations 30 days or more before the scheduled program will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 30 days will receive a refund, less a $100 deposit. This is to help cut down on the overestimating and no shows we get each year which greatly impact our ability to service as many schools as possible.