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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 4AM, Day 7) – Memory and the Brain

Posted by on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.

Today, the students got to learn more about how brain cells talk to each other to make memories. We started by learning more about synapses and action potentials, and we acted out an action potential as a class. Make sure to ask your child which role they played! Then, we took a field trip to one of Vanderbilt’s labs and learned even more about synapses with a real scientist, Ms. Christian Marks. The students were then able to tour a lab that uses electrophysiology and microscopy to see how neurons talk to each other and learn things.

Tomorrow, we will be beginning our section on how memory is important to society. We will talk about how we learn, and effective studying techniques. We will also be discussing eyewitness testimony and why it is often flawed. I can’t wait for another great day with the kids!