Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 4AM, Day 6) – Memory and the Brain
Today the students got to learn more about memory and brain cells. First, we learned more about how the brain uses the hippocampus to make memories. To make sure we learned what the different steps in the signaling pathway were, the kids split up into two teams and ran a relay race to see who could put the pathway together fastest. Then, we learned about brain cells, focusing on neurons. The kids got to make their own neuron keychains using beads and wire! During the very last part of the day we talked a little bit about how neurons talk to each other, and we are going to continue to learn about that tomorrow. We will be going on a field trip to a lab that studies neurons in mice, and they will get to learn all about cell signaling, electrophysiology, and fluorescent microscopy.