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Neural Network Signals


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Neural Network Signals

In this activity, learners create an electrical circuit and investigate how some dissolved substances conduct electricity. Use this activity to explain how the nervous system sends messages as electrical signals along the length of living nerve cells and the role of nutrition in brain functioning. This lesson guide includes background information, extensions, and a handout.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 60 mL of sports drink
  • black marker
  • clear plastic cup, 9 oz.
  • graduated cylinder (mL)
  • measuring spoon, 1/2 tsp
  • wire stripper
  • 180 mL distilled water
  • 4 clear plastic cups, 9 oz.
  • 2 clear plastic cups, 2 oz.
  • 2 15-cm pieces of #22 gauge insulated wire
  • 2 strips of aluminum foil, 5 cm x 1 cm each
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • battery, 9 volt
  • battery snap connector, 9 volt
  • 2 coffee stirrers
  • mini light bulb
  • mini light bulb socket
  • copy of Sending the Signals student sheet

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Structure and Function
      • Chemistry of Life
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electric Circuits
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
    • Chemistry
      • Chemistry of Life
      • Solutions
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Electronics
  • Food and Cooking
  • Sports and Exercise

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Moreno, Nancy P.; Tharp, Barbara Z.

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Baylor College of Medicine, ©2003

Funding Sources:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Center for Research Resources
  • Science Education Partnership Award, R25 RR13454

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