How We See!  (Eye Dissection & Optional Brain Observation Lab)                                                             

Class Type: Lab

Length: 50-60 minutes

Recommended Learners: This class is great for learners who found out they need glasses or corrective eye surgery.   It is also a great way to see how our body systems work together to allow us to see.

Program Goal: Students will understand the basic structure and function of the eye through the dissection of a preserved cow’s eye.  Optional addition: students can also observe a preserved sheep’s brain and identify major parts that control the body and specifically vision.

Colorado Science Standards (Grade Level Expectation):  Fourth Grade Concepts and skills students master: 1. All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified

Fifth Grade Concepts and skills students master: 1. All organisms have structures and systems with separate functions

Seventh Grade Concepts and skills students master: 2. The human body is composed of atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems that have specific functions and interactions

Program Summary:  Students will have a group introduction to the eye, it’s parts and function with be covered.  Students will then observe the instructor dissect a cow’s preserved eye and learn proper dissection techniques and identify the important parts of the eye including cornea, iris, lens, retina, optic nerve, and more.  Working in small groups, students will dissect and explore their own cow eye with visual guides and instructor assistance.   After the dissection, students will have a group discussion on few eye-related problems including near and farsightedness and amblyopia (lazy eye).  Optional addition: We will discuss how the eye works with the brain and see the connections on a preserved sheep’s brain (additional $30 per class)


Class: 35-30 students

(Up to 13 eyes)–Add $30 for addition of 2 sheep brains

Additional Classes

(Same date & location) Add $30 for addition of 2 sheep brains

Less than 20 students
Price* $250 $200 per class Please contact us for a specific quote

*A fuel surcharge may be added for classes happening outside the Denver Metro area.

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