Remember Mr. Wizard? Don Herbert did science on T.V. from the 1950s ’til the 1990s. He really tried hard to popularize science and interest children. There were spin offs, books and chemistry sets and what not–so you could be Mr. Wizard at home–and some of these were pre-liability law, so you could actually DO things.
Plus ca change, plus la meme chose. Now, forensic science is big, thanks to, (or in spite of CSI) and now there is a Student Autopsy Kit. Using a fetal pig.
It makes sense, our common ancestor gives us the standard vertebrate body type, and pigs have traditionally stood in for human bodies in other situations, like the body farm. I’m just surprised that no one has thought to piggyback on the popular interest in forensic science before this. I’m also very surprised that no smart marketing type from the networks has thought to licence the CSI brand for education. That would be a very, very large cash cow.