A Florida high school is the first in the world to provide synthetic frogs for students to dissect

Students at J.W. Mitchell High School dissect synthetic frogs for the first time.

(CNN)For some students, dissecting animals in class can be the highlight of the semester. For others, however, it's cruel and ... maybe kind of gross.

But for students at a Florida high school, the learning experience can now come without having to poke and prod a once living, breathing, and hopping animal.
Students at J.W. Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Florida have become the first in the world to use synthetic frogs for dissection, according to the school.
The high school worked with SynDaver, a company which designs and builds "sophisticated and synthetic humans and animals for surgical training, anatomy education and medical device testing."
    On November 20, the students dissected the realistic, man-made SynFrogs for the first time.
    "We are so excited to have partnered with Syndaver so that our Mustangs could be the first students in the world to dissect synthetic frogs," the high school said on Twitter.

    A humane learning experience

    People with the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) worked with SynDaver to help pay for the SynFrogs "to move schools away from using real animals in dissection and toward the many humane, non-animal options that are available."
    "So kids are involved, they are in it, they are finger-deep in frog guts. But it's all synthetic, so the smell isn't there, the stigma isn't there, they are not opting out," J.W. Mitchell Principal Jessica Schultz says on the PETA website.
    In this screengrab from a SynDaver video, students at J.W. Mitchell High School are dissecting the synthetic frogs for the first time.