17.3.16

Brittany, a sophomore in biology, and Aishwarya, a junior in chemistry, visited Muir High School. They presented to AP Biology students in Ms. Damaze’s class on drugs and the brain. While Aishwarya talked about the effects of nicotine and cocaine on neuronal synapses, Brittany explained the effect of different hallucinogens on different brain structures. Following their exciting presentation, students where able to interact with different drug mechanisms using Mouse Party. They were also able to view a sheep brain dissection performed by the Caltech students. The students were very excited and asked lots of questions!

 

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16.2.6 Pasadena Brain Bee

Interaxon hosted its first annual Pasadena Regional Brain Bee on Saturday, February 6th. The day began with presentation booths where students were able to learn more about neuroscience from booths such as a sheep brain dissection, a Backyard Brains’ SpikerBox experiment, and a booth on the five senses. The day also included a faculty presentation by Professor Michael Dickinson.

The competition was the regional level of the Society for Neuroscience’s National Brain Bee. The students took a written exam and participated in a jeopardy style competition, judged by Professor Henry Lester, to determine the winner. Congrats to Blair High School 9th grader, Aarti Goswami, for winning 1st place. Aarti will be traveling to Baltimore in March to attend the National Brain Bee. We wish her the best of luck!

Some selected photos from the day are shown below.

15.12.8 McKinley School Visit

On Tuesday, December 8th, Interaxon visited 7th graders at McKinley School. Olivia presented about neurolinguistics, giving an overview of neural basis for processing language in the brain and providing some examples of how these pathways can be disrupted in aphasias. The students especially enjoyed learning about the McGurk effect, a perceptual illusion in which your perception of an auditory signal is altered by a change in the visual stimulus.

15.5.8 Sierra Madre Middle School

On Thursday, May 8, Interaxon visited Mr. Antonian’s 7th grade class at Sierra Madre Middle School. Christine, Sheila, and Grace gave a presentation on how our central nervous system perceives information we take in through our senses. Sheila conducted a taste/smell demo with skittles and a touch demo with bobby pins. Christine detailed the functions of the eye and explained why we perceive optical illusions the way we do. Later that day, Tracey and Jackie also gave a similar presentation, explaining how our brain relates to our five senses.

May 8 school presentation image