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Spring SAVY 2015, Week 1 – Brain Blast (1st/2nd Grade, Dr. J)

Posted by on Monday, February 9, 2015 in SAVY blog.

I was such a treat to meet the students in our class – Brain Blast.  They are enthusiastic, energetic children with enormous potential.  We spent some time getting to know each other and establishing some guidelines for behavior. Then we discussed how people do science, and I was excited to find out that our students were familiar with a scientific method. It seems that the idea of competition will get most people excited, and so imagine the students’ reaction when they learned that by the end of this course we would be designing our own experiments to learn more about how the brain changes and then competing with the other section of Brain Blast in a scientific meeting.  During our time together last Saturday, we learned about the basic structure of the Brain – cerebellum, cerebrum, brain stem.  We learned that cerebrum is further divided into 5 lobes: frontal, occipital,parietal, temporal, and insular. We discussed the functions of each lobe.  This will be reinforced next lesson, when will will also get to observe a dissection of a sheep brain as well as design and build brain protection, which will be tested for effectiveness.