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Changing Body Positions
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In this activity about how the body regulates blood pressure (page 117 ... More

In this activity about how the body regulates blood pressure (page 117 of the PDF), learners make and compare measurements of heart rate and blood pressure from three body positions: sitting, standing, and lying. Learners are also challenged to think about how the circulatory system might behave in a microgravity environment (i.e. astronauts in space). The lesson guide, part of NASA's "The Brain in Space: A Teacher's Guide with Activities for Neuroscience," includes background information, evaluation strategies, and handouts. Note: cost of materials does not include cost of stethoscope or sphygmomanometer; these may be borrowed from a nurse. Less

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Baylor College of Medicine
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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BioEdOnline
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bernice R. McLean
Marlene Y. MacLeish
NSBRI
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A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain, Fall 2006
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This course is designed to provide an understanding of how the human ... More

This course is designed to provide an understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease, and is intended for both the Brain and Cognitive Science major and the non-Brain and Cognitive Science major. Knowledge of how the human brain works is important for all citizens, and the lessons to be learned have enormous implications for public policy makers and educators. The course will cover the regional anatomy of the brain and provide an introduction to the cellular function of neurons, synapses and neurotransmitters. Commonly used drugs that alter brain function can be understood through a knowledge of neurotransmitters. Along similar lines, common diseases that illustrate normal brain function will be discussed. Experimental animal studies that reveal how the brain works will be reviewed. Throughout the seminar we will discuss clinical cases from Dr. Byrne's experience that illustrate brain function; in addition, articles from the scientific literature will be discussed at each class. Less

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Anatomy/Physiology
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M.I.T.
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MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Byrne, Thomas
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The Cockroach Beatbox
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By dissecting a cockroach ... yes, live on stage ... TED Fellow ... More

By dissecting a cockroach ... yes, live on stage ... TED Fellow and neuroscientist Greg Gage shows how brains receive and deliver electric impulses -- and how legs can respond. A quiz, thought provoking question, and links for further study are provided to create a lesson around the 6-minute video. Educators may use the platform to easily "Flip" or create their own lesson for use with their students of any age or level. Less

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Biology
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TED-Ed
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TED-Ed
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Gage, Greg
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Color Code
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In this activity, learners conduct the "Stroop Effect" test and explore what ... More

In this activity, learners conduct the "Stroop Effect" test and explore what happens when they try to complete two simple tasks at the same time. Use this activity to explain how the brain can get confused when it tries to process two different stimuli at the same time. Less

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Education
Life Science
Psychology
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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L'Oreal USA For Girls in Science
National Science Foundation
Northrop Grumman Foundation
PPG Industries Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
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Colors, Colors?
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In this activity related to the famous "Stroop Effect," learners explore how ... More

In this activity related to the famous "Stroop Effect," learners explore how words influence what we see and how the brain handles "mixed messages." Learners read colored words and are asked to say the color of the word, not what the word says. Learners use a data table to keep track of where they have trouble reading the colors. They analyze this data by answering questions and drawing conclusions. Learners can also take this test using the online version. Less

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Chemistry
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Psychology
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Activities and Labs
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Neuroscience for Kids
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Susan Songstad
University of Washington
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Commanding a Robot Using Sound
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Students continue their exploration of the human senses and their engineering counterparts, ... More

Students continue their exploration of the human senses and their engineering counterparts, focusing on the auditory sense. Working in small groups, students design, create and run programs to control the motion of LEGO® TaskBots. By doing this, they increase their understanding of the use and function of sound sensors, gain experience writing robot programs, and reinforce their understanding of the sensory process. Less

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Engineering
Life Science
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Activities and Labs
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center, College of Engineering,
Sachin Nair, Kalyani Upendram, Satish Nair
TeachEngineering.org
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Complex Networks and Graphs
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Students learn about complex networks and how to represent them using graphs. ... More

Students learn about complex networks and how to represent them using graphs. They also learn that graph theory is a useful mathematical tool for studying complex networks in diverse applications of science and engineering, such as neural networks in the brain, biochemical reaction networks in cells, communication networks, such as the internet, and social networks. Topics covered include set theory, defining a graph, as well as defining the degree of a node and the degree distribution of a graph. Less

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Engineering
Life Science
Mathematics
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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Complex Systems Science Laboratory,
Debbie Jenkinson and Susan Frennesson, The Pine School, Stuart, FL
Garrett Jenkinson and John Goutsias, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
TeachEngineering.org
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Control Using Sound
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Students gain a deeper understanding of how sound sensors work through a ... More

Students gain a deeper understanding of how sound sensors work through a hands-on design challenge involving LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT taskbots and sound sensors. Student groups each program a robot computer to use to the sound of hand claps to control the robot's movement. They learn programming skills and logic design in parallel. They experience how robots can take sensor input and use it to make decisions to move and turn, similar to the human sense of hearing. A PowerPoint® presentation and pre/post quizzes are provided. Less

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Engineering
Life Science
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center,
Srijith Nair, Pranit Samarth, Satish S. Nair
TeachEngineering.org
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Conversations with History: Consciousness and the Biology of the Brain, with Christof Koch
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Host Harry Kreisler welcomes neurobiologist Christof Koch for a discussion of what ... More

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes neurobiologist Christof Koch for a discussion of what biology can tell us about consciousness. He discusses the framework for defining the problem which he developed with Nobel Laureate Francis Crick. He reflects on the ongoing revolution in our understanding of the brain and how technology is impacting the transformation of our neuronal correlates of consciousness. He also discusses the implications of his research for our understanding of manŐs place in the universe. (49 min) Less

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Biology
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Video Lectures
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U.C. Berkeley
Provider Set:
UCTV Teacher's Pet
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Cover Up!
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Learners test their memory and ability to learn memory strategies in this ... More

Learners test their memory and ability to learn memory strategies in this game. Partners start with an array of poker chips, coins, or paper squares on the table. Then the items are covered with cups and learners take turns choosing cups to reveal the items. Learners score points depending on the color or value of the items revealed. Discussion questions allow learners to examine how their memory works. When learners set up a free account at Kinetic City, they can answer bonus questions at the end of the activity as a quick assessment. As a larger assessment, learners can complete the Bug Blaster game after they've completed several activities. Less

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Education
Life Science
Psychology
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Activities and Labs
Games
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Science Foundation
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Culture, Embodiment and the Senses, Fall 2005
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Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses will provide an historical and cross-cultural analysis ... More

Culture, Embodiment, and the Senses will provide an historical and cross-cultural analysis of the politics of sensory experience. The subject will address western philosophical debates about mind, brain, emotion, and the body and the historical value placed upon sight, reason, and rationality, versus smell, taste, and touch as acceptable modes of knowing and knowledge production. We will assess cultural traditions that challenge scientific interpretations of experience arising from western philosophical and physiological models. The class will examine how sensory experience lies beyond the realm of individual physiological or psychological responses and occurs within a culturally elaborated field of social relations. Finally, we will debate how discourse about the senses is a product of particular modes of knowledge production that are themselves contested fields of power relations. Less

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Anthropology
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M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
James, Erica
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Depth Perception
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In this easy demonstration (3rd on the page), learners explore depth perception ... More

In this easy demonstration (3rd on the page), learners explore depth perception by conducting a test with two pencils. Learners hold the ends of two pencils, one in each hand at arm's-length from their body. With one eye closed, they try to touch the points of the pencils together. They will discover this task is much easier to complete with two eyes open. This experiment can also be done with fingers, but pencils make the effect a bit more dramatic. Less

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Anthropology
Psychology
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Activities and Labs
Games
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Simulations
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Neuroscience for Kids
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Eric H. Chudler
Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.
University of Washington
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Developmental Neurobiology, Spring 2005
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Considers molecular control of neural specification, formation of neuronal connections, construction of ... More

Considers molecular control of neural specification, formation of neuronal connections, construction of neural systems, and the contributions of experience to shaping brain structure and function. Topics include: neural induction and pattern formation, cell lineage and fate determination, neuronal migration, axon guidance, synapse formation and stabilization, activity-dependent development and critical periods, development of behavior. Less

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Biology
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
Provider Set:
MIT OpenCourseWare
Author:
Nedivi, Elly
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Don't Bump into Me!
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Students' understanding of how robotic ultrasonic sensors work is reinforced in a ... More

Students' understanding of how robotic ultrasonic sensors work is reinforced in a design challenge involving LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robots and ultrasonic sensors. Student groups program their robots to move freely without bumping into obstacles (toy LEGO people). They practice and learn programming skills and logic design in parallel. They see how robots take input from ultrasonic sensors and use it to make decisions to move, resulting in behavior similar to the human sense of sight but through the use of sound sensors, more like echolocation. Students design-test-redesign-retest to achieve successful programs. A PowerPoint® presentation and pre/post quizzes are provided. Less

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Engineering
Life Science
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
GK-12 Program, Computational Neurobiology Center,
Nishant Sinha, Pranit Samarth, Satish S. Nair
TeachEngineering.org
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Draw Your Nervous System
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In this activity, learners work together to create a life-sized drawing of ... More

In this activity, learners work together to create a life-sized drawing of the human nervous system. In doing so, learners will discover more about how the brain uses neurons to send messages, and how it coordinates with the muscles in the body. This activity can be conducted outside using chalk on the sidewalk. Less

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Life Science
Psychology
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Activities and Labs
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Museum of Natural History
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Everyone Is You and Me
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In this fun optics activity, learners explore principles of light, reflection (mirrors), ... More

In this fun optics activity, learners explore principles of light, reflection (mirrors), and perception. Learners work in pairs and sit on opposite sides of a "two-way" mirror. Both partners vary the amount light illuminating their faces. As they adjust the light, they begin to see themselves gradually assuming aspects of their partner's features, so that their image becomes a "composite" person. This activate guide includes instructions on how to build a two-way mirror. Less

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Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Psychology
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Activities and Labs
Games
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Exploratorium
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Exploratorium
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Department of Education
Don Rathjen
National Science Foundation
NEC Foundation of America
The Exploratorium
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Exercise and Memory
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This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry ... More

This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into the effects of exercise on short term memory. Groups of learners will set a baseline score with an initial memory test. Then they split into two teams, one participating in physical exercise while the other remains sedentary. After ten minutes, both teams take another memory test to tabulate and graph score changes. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV: Exercise and Memory. Less

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Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Psychology
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
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