Synapse Construction Kit© Teacher Resources

Synapse Construction Kit©

 

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 from 3D Molecular Designs.

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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© Teacher Notes

This activity guide will help you consider different ways you can use the Synapse Construction Kit©. 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© Videos

Explore videos to enhance your use of 3D Molecular Designs' Synapse Construction Kit© and classroom study of neurons and synapses.

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Synapse Construction Kit© Neuronal Synapse Guides

Introduce your students to dopaminergic, cholinergic and/or GABAergic neuronal synapses with 3D Molecular Designs' Synapse Construction Kit©.

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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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Synapse Construction Kit© Resting and Action Potentials

Set up axonal membranes and model neuronal resting potential and action potential with the Synapse Construction Kit© from 3D Molecular Designs.

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