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ER 101: Class teaches children about the human body, first aid

Students learned about the eyes and how medical professionals diagnose concussions by looking into the pupils at a city-sponsored class on Feb. 18 at Central Park. Staff photo by Riham Feshir1 / 3
Kids felt their heartbeats and learned where it's located in the chest.2 / 3
Students made something that resembles an ear tube with a membrane that vibrates when speaking into the tube.3 / 3

There was no shortage of ideas last week during a children's event at Central Park.

"I know why those strings go to your brain when you move your eyes," shouted one student at a children's event.

And the reason arteries are hidden?

"So the blood doesn't come gushing out!" said another student.

The information presented at the city-sponsored Emergency Room 101 class, held at Central Park Monday, Feb. 18., was overwhelming to some, fascinating to others.

Although their answers to some of the questions that retired science teacher Bob Schumacher asked weren't quite right, the kids had the right idea for the most part.

And if they didn't, they got to learn how to stop excessive bleeding so the injured survives until they're taken to a hospital.

They got to make an ear tube with a membrane out of cardboard and wax paper and learned how the lung functions by making one out of water bottles and balloons. They got to feel their heartbeats, breath sounds and femur bones and learned about hearing and vision during the two-hour class that took place on the Presidents Day holiday.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.