Hands on Modeling: Cell Synapse

Presenter: Tanya Monet-Bakken, Ripon High School, Ripon, WI

Friday, April 8th - 8:00am

In this workshop, we will explore the components of cell membranes to better understand how cells send and receive signals. Participants will get to work with a Synapse Construction Kit© to manipulate the cell membrane components to demonstrate gated channels, leak channels, pumps, vesicles, and exocytosis. This model works well in lessons on general cells structure/function, nerve transmission, and cell communication. This ties into cell homeostasis in numerous ways. 
There will also be time to brainstorm how teachers could see themselves using this activity in their own classrooms including specifics on how homeostasis can be connected.