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The Heart as a Pump


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The Heart as a Pump

Learners will build a homemade pump using a balloon, a mason jar, and some straws. Then, using the weblinks provided, they will explore the workings of the heart by comparing the actions of their homemade pump with the actions of the heart.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • wide mouth jar (plastic or glass)
  • balloons
  • skewer
  • flexible straws
  • scissors
  • tub or pail to collect water spills
  • sponges

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Circulation

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, ©2000

Funding Source:

  • Medtronic Foundation

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