Healthy Heart (Heart Dissection Lab)                                                                 

Class Type: Lab

Length: 50-60 minutes

Recommended Learners: This is a great introductory lab for those new to dissection.  It can also be modified to help Scouts earn their First Aid badge.  Generally recommended for Grades: 4th to 8th

Program Goal: Students will understand the basic structure and function of the heart through the dissection of a sheep’s heart.  Students will also understand the causes, symptoms, and basic first aid response for heart attacks and related heart problems.  (Scouting additional content: observe a brain and understand cause, symptoms, and basic first aid for stokes.)

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 heart, it’s parts and function with be covered on a poster.  Students will then observe the instructor dissect a sheep heart and learn proper dissection techniques and identify the important parts of the heart including ventricles, atrium, valves, coronary arteries and other major arteries and veins directly connected to the heart.  Working in small groups, students will dissect and explore their own sheep heart with visual guides and instructor assistance.   After the dissection, students will have a group discussion on problems associated with the heart (heart attacks, valve malfunctions, and electric disruption).  We will briefly cover heart health, symptoms of heart attacks and best ways to help someone who is having heart problems.

Additional Learning: If earning their First Aid badge, Scouting groups can observe a preserved sheep brain followed by a group discussion on the causes, symptoms and warning sign of strokes.


Class: 20-35 students

(Up to 13 hearts)

Additional Classes

(Same date & location)

Less than 20 students
Price* $215

$165 per class

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

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