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Polenta students put knowledge to the test

From left, students Ethan Mulcahy and Jason Clapp, volunteer Thad Duncan and student Adalie Perez dissect sheep hearts to learn about the circulatory system.
From left, students Ethan Mulcahy and Jason Clapp, volunteer Thad Duncan and student Adalie Perez dissect sheep hearts to learn about the circulatory system. JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Polenta Elementary School’s Science Olympiad Team got a hands-on lesson about the heart after studying the circulatory and respiratory systems over the past several months.

Students learned about the different parts of the heart and how it works. They put their knowledge to the test by dissecting sheep hearts during their weekly after-school Science Olympiad Team practice.

The students took the knowledge they gained through models and diagrams of the heart and applied it to a real-life, hands-on experience. While they dissected the heart, they labeled and named its different parts and discussed how blood flows through the heart.

“This is a wonderful experience for these students,” said Thad Duncan, a volunteer who works with the Science Olympiad Team. “I am so glad I am able to participate in this event as a volunteer.”

The Polenta team competed March 19 at the N.C. Science Olympiad Tournament, which was held at Four Oaks Elementary School.

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