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Neuroscience for Kids

Rating: 5 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: mercy austen (Student), Feb 16, 2001
Comment: Overall I was very impressed with this website. It is an excellent teaching and
learning tool. The web page is bright and colorful and is well marked for easy
navigation. There are thirteen main areas to investigate. It is a fun,
interactive way for students (age 13-16) to learn about the brain. It also has a
section called "Resources for Teachers" that helps to plan a lesson!

Some highlights for students are the basic facts offered about the brain in
trivia style. For example,
the brain is made up of 100 billion neurons and weighs approximately 3 pounds.

There are puzzles, brain games and reflex games. The reflex games include
turning off the lights (so
that you pupils grow big), then turning them back on to time how long it takes
for them to shrink
again. There is another reflex game where students test each others knee jerk
reflex. I think the
games are significant, because they teach real concepts by doing.

There is also a section on a drawing contest, a free newsletter and a place to
send a card. This web
page also has a section where you can make notes and e-mail it to yourself.

I highly recommend the web page as a must for any student learning about the
brain in the 13-16 age
group. It is also a must for any biology or health instructor teaching this age
group about the brain. It
would be an excellent source of fun homework for students. In other words,
sending them to the
web page to learn about the Stroop Effect. It is a fun game. Try it. Some older
students could utilize
the web page, but might find it 'kiddish'.


Technical Remarks:

Great color and interest. Easy to navigate.