How the Brain sees the Body

Derek Overstreet
Grade Level: 
Arizona State Science Education Standards: 
Arizona 8th Grade Science Standards: • S1C1: Observations, Questions, and Hypotheses (PO 1, 3) • S1C2: Scientific Testing (PO 1,3,4,5) • S1C3: Analysis and Conclusions (PO 1,2,3,5,8) • S1C4: Communication (PO 3,5) • S2C2: Nature of Scientific Knowledge (PO 1,2,4) • S3C2: Science and Technology in Society (PO 2) • S4C4: Diversity, Adaptation, and Behavior (PO 1)

Students will discover and learn how various parts of the body have greater representation in the body and brain than others. Students will be introduced to the nervous system's structure through measurement of its sensory capability which varies in different sections of the body (i.e. how does the brain see the body). Additionally students will discuss and consider the potential societal impacts that reverse engineering the brain could have.
This lesson is intended to provide an opportunity for students to use the scientific method to discover first-hand principles of how the nervous system and brain work. The material involving the nervous system and organ system organization aligns well with the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenge of reverse engineering the brain.

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