Oak View Elementary School students learned a thing or two about hearts, just in time for Valentine's Day.
They sliced and diced sheep hearts Thursday as part of an after-school academic program.
"We're going to dissect sheep hearts so we can learn about the chambers of the heart," said 10-year-old Jesus Medina, who was sporting clear goggles and a plastic apron.
The students were put into groups of about four, with a high school student helping each group. They were all required to wear goggles, plastic aprons and latex gloves and were warned not to touch their face or clothes.
Before they began dissecting the organ, students watched a video about the heart's chambers, anticipating cutting their sheep hearts open to see what was inside.
The project was put on by El Viento Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on academic support and enrichment programs year round.