Summer SAVY 2017, Session 1/Day 2- Biology of the Brain (Rising 6th/7th)
We had another wonderful day in Biology of the Brain! The theme of today’s learning was “Invisible Biology of the Brain.” We talked about the components and molecules of the brain that you can’t see without the help of scientific equipment (so not technically invisible). This includes things like neurons, glial cells, synapses, and neurotransmitters. The students really impressed me with their desire to understand all of the details behind the neuronal networks in our brains. We also spent some time looking at cells using microscopes, though we were not able to see any neurons from brain tissue we saved from the dissection yesterday.
We ended the day working in groups to make stop motion animation videos (or skits) of how neurons act and transmit information to one another! We will present these mini-videos tomorrow. Topics for tomorrow include the REAL invisible component of the brain: memory and we will also discuss what happens when things go wrong in a healthy brain.