Friday, May 29, 2020

At Carmel Academy, students in Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade are engaged in scientific discovery every day, honing their skills of observation, inquiry, hypothesis, and prediction as part of their learning. In addition to hands-on-learning in the classroom, conducting science experiments both in the lab and outside on our expansive campus, students also have opportunities to bring their learning to life by engaging with scientists from all over the world. Students are able to expand on knowledge they gain in class and learn from actual scientists through our “Skype With A Scientist” program.

As part of their year-long study of the human body, and more recent concentration on the human brain, 5th grade students at Carmel Academy had the opportunity to video chat with Dr. Divya Seernani, a psychologist currently conducting research at the Freiburg University Medical Center in Germany on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Divya’s research focuses on attention, perception and how it changes the way we see the world at an individual level.

Here are some of the questions our budding scientists asked:

Are there physical pathways between neurons?

What does the brain feel and look like?

Are nerves able to be removed from the brain?

Can you see mental illness when you do a brain scan?

Does each section of the brain have sub-sections that do different jobs?

What part of the brain is most interesting to you and which part do you find most difficult to learn about and why?

Dr. Divya spent an hour answering questions about the brain and her work while the students were fascinated and excited to see their learning to come to life. It was the perfect preparation for their examination of a real sheep brain and building 3D clay models of the human brain! It is no wonder that Carmel Academy has consistently received STEAM awards for the past 10 years!

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