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Arthur T. Murray uj797 at victoria.tc.ca
Sun Apr 18 21:04:22 EST 1999


esmartin at ucsd.edu (Martin) begged and implored on Sun, 18 Apr 1999:
>
> I am a college biology professor that has been asked to teach
> four classes of neuroanatomy to 5th graders as part of
> an enrichment program. I don't want to sound too technical
> nor too simple.  Therefore, I was wondering if anyone out
> there who has taught this subject to young students has some
> suggestions, textbooks, or websites that will be helpful to me.
> The class begins on Apr. 28th. Please email me at esmartin at ucsd.edu
>
> Thank you,
>
> E. Martin

As an amateur neurotheoretician (please see my neuroscience page at
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Agora/7256/neurosci.html + PDAI links),
I am tantalized by the question of how I myself would teach such an
enrichment course.  Why, you might convert them all to a neuro-career!

Why not wow the ten-year-olds with the fact that the neural plate
is the basis of how the entire human baby forms in the womb?

Spook them with the idea that their face folded over to make a tube from
mouth to anus, all under the guidance of the developing brain.

If you dare, present them with a hand-out diagram of AI ideas:

  Hearing    Vision    The Evolution of Concepts   Motor Output
 /iiiiiii\  /!i!i!i!\  Primitive Verbal Abstract  /YYYYYYYYYYYY\     
| ||||||| || ||||||| |  +   +    +      +   +    | |||||!|||!|| |
| ||||||| || ||||||| |  +   +   / \     +   +    | |||||!|||!|| | 
| | ||||| || ||||||| |  +   +  /   \    +   +    | |||||!|||!|| |
| |b------||---------|--|---|-(blood)   +---+    | |||||R|||!|| |     
| ||| l | || ||||||| | / \  +  \   /  __+__ +    | |||||U|||!|| |
| |||| o| || ||||||| |(red) +   \ /  (dan- )+    | |||||N|||F|| |    
| |||||o| || ||||||| | \ /  +----+    \ger/-|----|------*|||I|| |
| ||d|||| || | ___ | |  +---|----+     \ / _+_   | |||||||||G|| |
| || |||| ||  /   \  |  +   +    +------+ /   \  | |||||||||H|| |
| ||||||| || (image)-|--+  / \   +      +(cour-) | |||||||||T|| |
| ||||||| ||  \___/  |  + (wet)  +      + \age/--|----------*|| |
| ||||||| || |     | |  +  \ /   +      +  \_/   | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| || ||||||| |  +   +    +      +   +    | |||||||||||| |



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