Live...from the Heart
The interactive videoconference between your class or classroom and the operating room.
How It Works
Each week, we will offer this program simultaneously to one on-site class (at the Museum) and two classrooms around the country with videoconferencing capabilities. The three classrooms will participate in exactly the same program at exactly the same time. Each class will be able to talk to and see the surgical team (as well as each other).
A few weeks before your scheduled program date, we'll send you a CD of curriculum materials for use in your classroom. The CD will include several classroom activities for use before and after the videoconference.
Your students will watch a 5-minute video introducing the surgical team and demonstrating how the patient and the operating room are prepared for surgery. At 9:15 a.m. (Central time), we'll connect to Advocate Christ Medical Center to watch the surgery. During the surgery, your students will use their Investigation Journals to record questions and participate in activities. When you return to your classroom, you can use the post-visit lesson plans to round out the experience.
Trained Museum educators will be on hand during the conference. You'll follow our lead and co-facilitate the experience with us.
For Offsite Participants
For groups that will be dialing in, you should check your videoconferencing equipment to make sure all systems are working at least one week before your scheduled program. If you have a problem that you think won't be resolved in time for Live...from the Heart, please call us at (773) 753-6254.
Live...from the Heart Classroom Kit
Unable to participate in a videoconference? This kit offers a non-live version of the program that enables teachers to facilitate the program on their own in their classrooms. The kit includes a Teacher Guide CD with lesson plans, DVD of open heart surgery, and a Facilitators Guide.
Registration for the 2015-16 school year is now full. A waiting list for sessions is available.
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