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Local institutions become learning ground for homeschooled children

Think of it as a rare tableau: ‘CSI’ meets ‘Sesame Street.’
Organella, a large, Raggedy Ann-type doll, lies on the floor of a basement classroom at the St. Louis Science Center, her zippered abdomen splayed open and her cloth organs being inspected by a group of curious kindergarten- and first-grade-age children.
‘It’s not gross, I promise,’ says Debbie Wudtke, a DNA gallery assistant at the Science Center, as she encourages the kids to come in close. She helps them identify the doll’s heart, lungs, gall bladder and intestines, and quizzes them on what the function of each might be. Then she pulls a small maroon pillow out of the doll. Read more…

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