Pig lungs and sheep hearts and brains: oh my!

Pig lungs were inflated and deflated with a foot pump. Sheep hearts, brains and eyes were on display—and kids got to poke at them (using plastic gloves of course).

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The free Globs, Goo and Guts! event at the Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave., gave participants “a great opportunity to have some hands-on science” said librarian Tina Carter.

Children sat on the floors of the library’s  basement, intently listening to science educator Nicole Beaver, or “Miss Nicole,” explain the systems of the human body.

Beaver, a wildlife biology and ecology specialist, broke down the digestion and circulatory processes step-by-step, presenting the gooey organs.

Expressions of “woah!” echoed around the room as the foot pump brought sheep lungs to life.

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Participants got to make a green silly putty-like substance, which they took home after the program.

“Science becomes fun for the children,” said Carter. “Its good for them to see it right in front of them,” and “touch it and do it themselves,” added Beaver.