Due to popular demand, and support from our new instructor Kate, we are offering two more sections of the Paleontology and Neurobiology class for 8-12 yr. olds. on Tuesdays from 1:15-2:45 pm. Here is a direct link to register:
Neurobiology (Dr. Kate Treatman-Clark) Tuesdays, 1:30 pm-2:45 pm CLASSES ARE NOW FULL
February 19th- Introduction to the Brain: In this class we will introduce the basics of neurobiology from the parts of the brain to how neurons communicate.
February 26th- The Cerebrum: Students will explore the different parts of the brain, the internal structures, and how the brain works.
March 5th- Brain Anatomy and Dissection: Students will draw and illustrate a sheep brain and then dissect its parts and identify the structures and how they relate to function.
March 12th- The Brain Through Time: We will examine the evolution of the brain from the earliest hominids to modern man. We’ll also discuss endo casts of fossil brains and how we understand them.
Paleontology (Dr. Kate Treatman-Clark) Tuesdays 1:45 pm-2:45 pm
April 9th- Taphonomy: Taphonomy is the study of how fossils are formed. We will explore the many ways ancient life is preserved, from soft bodied organisms to dinosaurs.
April 23rd-Geology and Stratigraphy: Students will explore the different types of rocks and how they form, as well as how they are used by geologists to age and date fossils.
May 7th- Understanding Fossil Types: Discover the different types of fossils, and then we’ll make our own cast to take home.
May 21st- Reconstructing Extinct Animal Behavior: Students will reconstruct how extinct animals moved and behaved in this fun hands-on measuring activity.
Due to the cancellation of summer camps SERC will be offering a wide variety of programs for home schoolers and organized groups. I am considering what to teach this summer and I’m looking for ideas. Right now I know we’ll be doing a full science fair, but what else would you like to see? Field based studies? Dissections? Microscopes? Please e-mail me idea at McDonaldK@si.edu or comment on the blog.