What’s in my Head?

What’s in my Head?

In today’s class, students learned what is in our head! They learned that almost everything we do is controlled by our Nervous System (NS), in which the brain acts like the control center. The NS functions thanks to the ability of its specialized cells (the neurons) to receive, conduct, and transmit information to other cells. Students also learned that the brain is divided into different parts according to the role each section plays.

During the activity students modeled a neuron and a brain using modeling clay and they were able to name each of the neuron and brain parts.

You can help your student learn more about the brain by being a “study subject” in their follow-up activity. With a couple of simple tasks, your student can determine your hand, ear, eye, and foot dominance, to see which hemisphere of your brain is the dominant side (left or right).

If you want to learn more about the Nervous System and its parts, check out the following video:

http://idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/topics/nervous_system/index.cfm?id=3

 

¿Qué hay en mi Cabeza?

En la clase de hoy, los estudiantes aprendieron sobre qué es lo que tenemos en nuestra cabeza. Aprendieron que la mayoría de las cosas que hacemos están controladas por nuestro Sistema Nervioso (SN),  en donde el cerebro actúa como el centro de control. El SN funciona gracias a la habilidad de sus células, llamadas neuronas, las cuales están especialidades en recibir, conducir y transmitir información a otras neuronas. Los estudiantes también aprendieron que el cerebro se divide en diferentes áreas de acuerdo a la función que cada área tiene.

Durante la actividad los estudiantes modelaron una neurona y un cerebro usando plastilina y  fueron capaces de nombrar las partes que los componen.

Puede ayudar a su hijo o hija a aprender más sobre el cerebro, siendo un “sujeto de estudio” en su actividad de seguimiento. Con solo un par de tareas muy simples, su hijo o hija puede determinar que lado de su cerebro (izquierdo o derecho) es su “lado dominante”.

Si desea aprender más sobre el Sistema Nervioso y sus componentes, revise el siguiente video:

http://idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/topics/nervous_system/index.cfm?id=3

 

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Lauren Koppel

Lauren earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major of Biology and Psychology from Clark University, and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her undergraduate years, she worked in a evolutionary neurobiology lab that studied the neural development of annelids (marine worms), with a focus on the sox family of genes. Lauren loves learning about how the world works (including everything from biology to chemistry to engineering), and is passionate about sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm with others. In the past, she has interned at the Museum of Science, where she educated learners of all ages through hands-on activities, games, and experiments. Other science education organizations with which Lauren has worked include The People’s Science, EurekaFest, and Eureka! of Girls Inc. of Worcester. Currently she lives in Boston, where devotes her free time to playing Quidditch, reading sci-fi novels, playing her ukulele, and enjoying all the culinary delights the city has to offer.

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