Grades 9-12: Students build a cable to model nerve conduction, work to reduce current/voltage decay, and use the model to predict problems associated with neurological disorders.
PHYSICAL SCIENCES (Grades 9-12)
In this lab, students will investigate a basic and important simple electric circuit and show how it can be used to model nerve conduction.
They will use Ohm's Law to predict voltage and current flow in a simple voltage divider. Using this knowledge, they then build a model electrical cable using a series of voltage dividers and experiment with strategies to reduce current loss and voltage decay along the cable. Students will use the cable they build to show how the same strategies they discovered are used in nature to solve the very important problem of nerve conduction and appreciate how the cable model predicts problems associated with an important disease, Multiple Sclerosis.
HOW TO RESERVE
To request this kit, please complete our reservation form. This form includes details on equipment shipping, reservation logistics, and required training.