Homer 33C Students get hearts pumping with human heart obstacle course

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Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High


Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

For Immediate Release:

Feb. 16, 2017


Students get hearts pumping with human heart obstacle course

Learn about the heart’s inner workings


Students are learning about the heart this week as they run, jump and scoot through an obstacle course at Goodings Grove and Schilling schools.

For two days, the Physical Education teachers at Goodings Grove School and Schilling School convert the gymnasiums into giant obstacle courses, using ropes, chutes and hurdles to create a series of twists and turns that represent the inner workings of the human heart.


“Students will travel through the heart, starting in the right atrium to the right ventricle,” said P.E. teacher Tammie Ebel. “They will then run to the lungs to receive oxygen.”


Students look forward to the obstacle course every year, scooting through the right atrium, tricuspid valve and right ventricle on scooters and producing more oxygen by performing rocket jumps, scissor jumps and jumping jacks.

They complete the course by exiting through the aorta and landing in the brain and muscles.


Among those who help create the obstacle courses each year are P.E. teachers Nathan Keasler and Tammie Ebel at Goodings Grove School and Melody Johnson and Eric Tengstrand at Schilling School.


The teachers use the activity to promote heart health during American Heart Month.


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