The Heart of the Matter

Parent cardiologists helped seventh grade science classes learn about the heart.
This week, seventh grade science classes had a chance to dive deep into matters of the heart with the help of GDS parents who are cardiologists Eddie Atwood and Rachel Marcus ’85 (parents to Abe ’18, Saul ’20, and Rose ’23).

Students listened to a presentation on the cardiovascular system and workings of the heart and then rotated through two interactive activities. During one rotation, students learned about resting heart rates, how to take a pulse, as well as how to use a stethoscope. Students listened to one another’s heartbeats while sitting, jogging in place, and while giggling at the new experience.

The second rotation, also a hands-on experience, had students engaging with a pig’s heart. Students could touch the ventricles and see first hand the parts of the heart in order to understand a similar model of the human heart. Some students jumped right in while others mustered up the courage to touch and hold the heart. All of the seventh grade students enjoyed their interactive study of the hearts. As Shiv Raman ’23 left his class, he exclaimed that this was his favorite class of the school year. Many thanks to the Middle School science department and Eddie Atwood and Rachel Marcus ’85 for putting together a wonderful learning opportunity for the seventh grade.


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