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Summer Career Connections Session 4, Day 5, Neuroscience 101

Posted by on Friday, July 14, 2023 in blog, SAVY.

Day 5: A final hello from me!

What a week it has been – plenty of learning and new friendships among your students. PTY is such a special program and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it from the instructor side. Thank you again for the opportunity to get to know and teach your students this past week!

We primed our brains today by watching segments of these two PBS documentaries. These are so well done, and I would really encourage you to watch them with your students another time! I am linking them below:

Your Brain: Who’s in Control?

Your Brain: Perception Deception

After lunch, it was time for students to give their final presentations that they worked so hard on! As a reminder, their challenge was to choose one of the five career areas of neuroscience that we covered this week and choose a sub-topic to teach their peers about. The assignment was purposefully very open-ended, and your students used that to their benefit! We had podcasts, live skits, video skits, essays, PowerPoint presentations, and oral presentations. Two groups of students presented on the neuroscience of criminals/criminology, three students gave separate presentations on video games and neuroscience, one group presented on sleep, exercise, and the brain, three students gave separate presentations on specific neuroscience research studies, one student presented on art and neuroscience, and one student presented on mental health and virtual learning. As you can see, it was a wonderful and diverse array of topics!

Some questions you could ask your students about their final projects to encourage continued learning and connection:

  • What project topic did you choose? Why?
  • Did you choose to work in a group or alone? If you worked in a group, what was your role in the group? If you worked alone, how did you manage your project?
  • How did you decide on the format of your project?
  • What was the process of developing the content for your project? Was it challenging? Was there anything you learned through the research process that you would like to learn more about?
  • How was presenting? What emotions did you feel while presenting? What sorts of feedback did you get from your peers?

I look forward to sharing more personalized feedback on student projects and presentations in their rubrics, which you will have access to shortly.

Thank you again for a great week and for being part of the PTY family!