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Junior Medical Camp®: Dissection on Demand

from Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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"Biology is Boring?" Not anymore! Experience the "wow-factor" of dissection LIVE through CMNH Distance Learning. Created through our Junior Medical Camp® summer program, each of these engaging experiences are led by a health expert, encouraging students to learn anatomy and physiology while emphasizing their significance to human health and lifestyle choices. While watching the dissection take place, students are challenged with hands-on activities, are allowed many opportunities for questions, and surprised with pop-quiz action to test their critical thinking skills.

Currently we are offering:

Heart | Grades 6-12

The heart keeps the entire body nourished with oxygen and nutrients, but how much do you really know about this vital organ? Heart disease is the number one cause of mortality in the United States! This program will stress the importance of the cardiovascular system, while highlighting ways to keep it healthy. Interactive activities include physical exam skills such as finding your pulse, testing your heart rate, and identifying veins & arteries on your own body. This live dissection of a sheep heart will be an engaging way to review cardiac anatomy, function, and possible diseases.

Brain | Grades 6-12

The brain controls everything that our bodies do while interpreting everything that we experience. How does a 3-pound blob of fatty tissue handle all of this action? During this live dissection of a sheep brain, students will learn anatomy of the brain and the functions of their nervous system. Hands-on activities will include trying out doctor’s physical exam skills, illustrating neurophysiology and nervous system health. We'll discuss some examples of brain evolution in different organisms and strategies to help keep your gray matter in top condition.

Fetal Pig | Grades 6-12

Observe the dissection of a whole animal often used in forensic and medical science due to its close match with human physiology. A museum expert will quiz students on anatomy and organ function throughout the dissection, and point out interesting traits and features students may notice on their own bodies. Common questions about human health and diseases will be answered about each major organ, and preserved human specimens from Museum collections will be used to compare with pig anatomy.

NOTE: Students may also attend these programs as guided dissections, if your school is able to procure the organs and dissection tools necessary. We order many of our specimens from Carolina Biological ( Please inform our Scheduler if you would like this option when you register for the program.

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About This Program


By Request: $140.00

Discounts available for 5 or more programs booked at the same time,


We need one hour to complete full dissection activities.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:

No minimum.

Maximum participants:

We suggest no more than 30 for maximum interaction.

Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

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

Booking Information

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to issues beyond the school's control. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

Matt Walters

Program Details


This program encourages Q & A throughout the dissection. Students will be guided through several physical activities to illustrate organ function, so make sure they have room to move!

If your students will be dissecting their own specimens along with our instructor, we will describe each step clearly before giving students the 'go-ahead' to try it themselves.


Students will:
1.) Describe in detail the structure and function of the presented organ.
2.) List several lifestyle choices that can negatively or positively affect the target organ.
3.) Observe safe dissection techniques.

Standards Alignment

National Standards


(These are the combined standards that are met for brain, heart, and fetal pig dissections.)
Standard 1-Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
Grades 6-8
-Analyze the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
1.8.3-Analyze how the environment affects personal health.
1.8.5-Describe ways to reduce or prevent injuries and other adolescent health problems.
1.8.6-Explain how appropriate health care can promote personal health.
1.8.7-Describe the benefits of and barriers to practicing healthy behaviors.
1.8.8-Examine the likelihood of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
1.8.9-Examine the potential seriousness of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
Grades 9-12
-Predict how healthy behaviors can affect health status.
1.12.3-Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.
1.12.5-Propose ways to reduce or prevent injuries and health problems.
1.12.8-Analyze personal susceptibility to injury, illness, or death if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
1.12.9-Analyze the potential severity of injury or illness if engaging in unhealthy behaviors.
Standard 3-Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information, products, and services to enhance health.
Grades 6-8
-Access valid health information from home, school, and community.
Grades 9-12
-Use resources from home, school, and community that provide valid health information.
Standard 7-Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
Grades 6-8
-Explain the importance of assuming responsibility for personal health behaviors.
Grades 9-12
-Analyze the role of individual responsibility for enhancing health.

State Standards


(These are the combined standards that are met for brain, heart, and fetal pig dissections.)
Grade 6 Science: Life Science-Cellular to Multicellular
•Cells are the fundamental unit of life
•Cells carry on specific functions that sustain life
•Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function
Grade 8 Science: Life Science-Species and Reproduction
•The characteristics of an organism are a result of inherited traits received from
HS: Biology–Cells
Cellular processes (characteristics of life regulated by cellular processes)