Oak Brook students enjoy special science experience
Butler sixth-grader Kaylee Haff grimaces as she tries to cut a cow's eye in half. Bill Bosworth of Science Alliance instructed students on how to dissect a cow's eye. | Jon Langham—for Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 18, 2013 1:15AM
OAK BROOK — It wasn’t lunch that some sixth-graders were excited about Dec. 11 in the cafeteria at Butler Junior High.
A workshop there earlier in the morning by The Science Alliance presented an up-close experience for 44 students.
“Our sixth-graders are learning about human anatomy, and this was a great opportunity for them to see some interesting things and be able to really be hands-on with it,” said Shelley Leland, a Butler Junior High science teacher.
“They got to see that a pig’s heart is similar to the size of a human, they learned about the digestive system, and learned about the parts of the eye.”
Students had the opportunity to dissect a cow’s eye. While the expressions on the faces of some students made it clear that they weren’t very happy about the exercise, others said they loved the experience.
“I really liked this because we got to dissect something,” said Steven Miedona. “It helped learning because we really got to see what the eye looks like. I was surprised to find out that the back of the cow’s eye is turquoise.”
Fellow sixth-grader Samantha Mullins also enjoyed participating in the workshop.
“I really liked it because we normally don’t get to do stuff like that,” she said.