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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 3, Day 3) – Brain Blast

Posted by on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in Grade 1, Grade 2, SAVY.

Today was a very active one for all our brains!  We went deeper into the brain to learn about its specialized cell, the neuron.  Students first investigated the parts of the neuron including the soma, dendrite, axon, axon terminal, and myelin.  They created their own 3D model of various neurons including sensory, motor, interneurons and pyramidal cells.  We also learned about the synaptic cleft and how neurotransmitters like dopamine bind to their receptors to keep the neurons talking!  We didn’t forget about the glia cells as students found that despite what scientists used to think glia are playing all types of important roles in the brain.  Lastly, we explored how complex human neuronal circuitry can be along with how fast neurons “talk” to one another.  Keep those neurons talking  and make sure to share what you learned about deep brain stimulation!

Dr. Zeiger and Ms. Jordyn