Learning Labs

life science

Live from the Heart

Go live into the operating room and watch via videoconference as a surgical team performs a heart bypass procedure. Talk to the team, learn about heart health and find out about medical careers.

About the lab

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Capacity: 35 students
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Cost: $300
  • Offered Wednesday at 9 a.m.; limited availability

Classes can participate either onsite at the Museum or remotely from a classroom with videoconferencing equipment. Onsite and offsite classrooms will take part at the same time.

Learn more about how the program works

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

Asking questions
Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

Cause and effect
Systems and system models
Structure and function

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

LS 1: From molecules to organisms; structure and function
LS 3: Heredity; inheritance and variation of traits

Illinois Learning Standards

11: A, B; 12: A; 13: A, B

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Increase their understanding of science concepts as they relate to bypass surgery. 
  • Have an increased awareness of STEM careers.
  • Have an increased comfort exploring and engaging in the content. 
  • Have a desire to learn more extending the ideas explored in the lab.
  • Work collaboratively with peers.
  • Communicate using correct terminology.
  • Develop questions regarding anatomy of the heart, careers in the OR, and their personal health.
  • Predict and observe what happens during the major steps of the surgery.
  • Practice observation skills by recording patient and bypass data.
  • Infer healthy lifestyle choices.