Dissecting a Cow Eye

by  Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

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Get your goggles on! Dissect a cow eye to understand how each structure works to provide the sense of sight, just like a human eye. After the program, work with your class on a series of optical illusions to see how your eyes and brain work together to bring you visual messages.

Please note: Museum provides cow eyes, gloves, and safety glasses (yours to keep); school must provide its own dissection tools.

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By Request: $225.00

Price includes shipping fee. *Additional cost for international shipping. For international programs where shipping costs are prohibitively expensive, we will send digital supplies instead of a physical kit.

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50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

30 *Additional fee for more participants

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is available year round.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made up to 72 hours prior to your scheduled program will be refunded (less a $25 administrative fee.) The $25 administrative fee is waived if you reschedule. If a cancellation is made less than 72 hours before the scheduled program, no refund will be issued.

In the event of weather related school closings or power outages, programs will be rescheduled. If you choose not to reschedule your make-up distance learning program, payment will be refunded less a $25 administrative fee. In the case of program cancellation, the participating site is responsible for rescheduling and/or returning the provided kit materials.

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Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum provides an opportunity for people of all ages to discover and enjoy the wonder of science, math and technology in an interactive environment that promotes science literacy through experimentation, exploration, and education. Our distance learning programs are as interactive and hands-on as a visit to our museum! All programs include a kit of materials that includes everything students need to engage with our educators*

MISSION: Creating moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world. 

VISION: A world where curiosity today leads to more purposeful lives tomorrow.  

*Additional costs apply for international shipping

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Program Details


I. Welcome
II. Cow eyeball dissection
III. Discussion of how structures work together
VI. Conclusions and Questions


Students will list the three things needed for sight: light, an eye, and a brain.
Students will dissect and identify the different parts of a cow eyeball.
Students will compare the structures of the cow eye to those of a human eye.
Students will create and experiment with a series of optical illusion examples.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.5-8.1 Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understanding about scientific inquiry
NS.5-8.3 Life Science
Structure and function in living systems
Regulation and behavior
Diversity and adaptations of organisms

State Standards

L.EV.05.12 Describe the physical characteristics (traits) of organisms that help them survive in their environment.
L.EV.05.21 Relate degree of similarity in anatomical features to the classification of contemporary organisms.
L.OL.07.21 Recognize that all organisms are composed of cells (single cell organisms, multicellular organisms).
L.OL.07.22 Explain how cells make up different body tissues, organs, and organ systems.