This Sunday, we open at 11 a.m. due to the Chicago Half Marathon. Museum Hours

Learning Labs

life science

Live from the Heart

Go live into the operating room and watch via videoconference as a surgical team performs heart surgery. 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
ETS2: Links among engineering, technology, science and society

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Increase their understanding of science concepts as they relate to heart 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 surgery data.
  • Understand how lifestyle choices affect personal health