"Is my brain really this squishy?"
Each week at Springdale Elementary in the classroom of Mrs. Denise McIntosh, aka "McIntoshville," students are asked to present an experiment to the class along with their parents. As a mom/scientist I support this effort to bring hands on activities into the classroom and look forward to my time with the students. As the Scientist of the hour on April 13, 2017, my son Eliyah, and I introduced the class to sheep brains, a classic lab used in Anatomy and Physiology courses to give students an overview of the parts of the brain. We provided the students with handouts on brain structure, a demonstration on brain dissection, and Eliyah shared with the class brain facts.
A bigger brain doesn’t mean a smarter person. Albert Einstein’s brain was slightly smaller than average
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) supports the notion that inquiry science must be a basic in the daily curriculum of every elementary school student at every grade level. Elementary school students learn science best when they are involved in first-hand exploration, investigation and inquiry/process skills are nurtured. The elementary science program must provide opportunities for students to develop understandings and skills necessary to function productively as problem-solvers in a scientific and technological world.