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Hands-on Programs

Saint Louis University’s Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS) program allows students to participate in an interactive human cadaver demonstration and dissection at the University’s practical anatomy facility. 

A photo of an aims camp participant dissecting a sheep eye
 Students participate in a dissection at Saint Louis University.

Programs Offered 

  • Cadaver Demonstrations: The demonstration exposes students to the physiological and anatomic relationships of the human body's major organ systems and describes how disease can affect those systems. Cadaver demonstrations are open to high school sophomores and above. Students have a chance to put on gloves and explore the anatomy with the guidance of our medical student presenters.
  • Pig Heart, Sheep Brain or Pig Eye Dissections: Guided student dissections are perfect for schools not equipped to perform such demonstrations within their facilities. Explore the human body through a demonstration using comparative anatomy and dissection. Presentation and explanation of human organs using normal and pathological specimens followed by a professionally facilitated dissection. These dissections are suited for students in sixth grade and above.

All hands-on programs last about an hour. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your programming. We reserve the right to reschedule any program if necessary due to tardiness.  


  • $16 per student for full-body cadaver demonstrations
  • $16 per student for shared pig heart dissections
  • $20 per student for individual sheep brain dissections
  • $12 per student for individual pig eye dissection

Special Package Pricing:

  • $30 per student total if doing two hands-on programs on the same day 

Dining Hall

A large dining hall is available on our second floor with tables and chairs that can accommodate up to 90 students. The dining hall can be reserved with your hands-on programming only, and must be reserved before the day of your programming. There is no fee for use of the dining hall. There is no food or drink for purchase onsite, although students are welcome to bring their lunch, or teachers can order food for onsite delivery.

Campus Tours/Campus Dining 

  • Coming to campus for the AIMS program? Interested in having a tour of campus or eating in SLU's Grand Dining Hall? Just let us know! We would love to show you and your students just how amazing Saint Louis University is. Email for more information. 

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