Synapse Construction Kit© Teacher Resources

 

Students can use the colorful foam pieces in the Synapse Construction Kit© to:

  • Discover how the resting potential of a neuron is established.
  • Demonstrate the propagation of an action potential down an axon.
  • Simulate the action of the sodium-potassium pump in resetting the resting potential.
  • Explore the effects of neurotransmitters acetylcholine, dopamine and GABA on on a post synaptic neuron.
  • Model cholinergic, dopaminergic and GABAergic synapses.
  • Compare and constrast metabotropic and ionontropic receptors.
  • Analyze the impact of various substances such as nicotine, cocaine, sarin gas and propofol on neuronal signaling.
  • And much more!

Synapse Construction Kit Contents and Assembly

Find information about the contents of your Synapse Construction Kit© and directions for assembling the pieces.

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Synapse Construction Kit Resting and Action Potentials

Set up axonal membranes and model neuronal resting potential and action potential.

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Synapse Construction Kit Teacher Notes

This activity guide will help you consider different ways you may use these materials. We encourage you to modify these lessons and activities to meet the learning objectives and needs of your specific students.

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Synapse Construction Kit Neurotransmission and Perturbance

Have your students model the events of neurotransmission at a cholinergic, dopaminergic and/or GABAergic synapse. Then, model a perturbance in a cholinergic, dopaminergic and/or GABAergic synapse.

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Synapse Construction Kit Neuronal Synapse Guides

Introduce your students to dopaminergic, cholinergic and/or GABAergic neuronal synapses.

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Synapse Construction Kit Next Generation Science Standards

Synapse Construction Kit Connections to: A Framework for K-12 Science Education Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

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