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Ms. Ries
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 7 donors
  • $0 still needed

Picking Some Brains in AP Psychology

My students need 31 sheep brain dissection kits and a document camera in order to literally "pick some brains!"

My Students

Jeffrey Eugenides said, "Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind." In AP Psychology, we first learn about the biology of the brain, and then we explore how our life experiences shape our "mind." Our challenge, however, is finding the resources to accurately study that biology.

My students are the most curious, thoughtful, and hardworking humans I have ever met.

80% of them are in the free or reduced lunch program and 90% of them will be first generation college students. They attend a public charter school in Texas and 100% of them will get into a 4-year college or university before they graduate from high school.

My Project

The human brain is the most amazing tool we possess that we will, paradoxically, never get see. When students study the brain in my class, despite my best efforts to make it real for them, it is truly something they must see to believe! With the dissection kits I am requesting, students will be able to experience, firsthand, the intricacy of the brain. From that day forward, any time we talk about the impact the frontal lobe has on decision making, students can say, "I dissected one of those!" Or if we discuss the importance of the hippocampus in Alzheimer's Disease, students can say, "I held one of those!" What an incredible context building experience!

The success of this activity will have far-reaching impacts, beyond just the identification of brain structures.

The hands-on nature of this activity will build self-efficacy and awaken curiosity inside the budding scientists in my classroom.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Carolinas Young Scientist(tm) Brain Dissection Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $12.83 31 $397.73
Elmo MO 1 Visual Presenter document camera • CDW-G $366.29 1 $366.29

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This project will reach 65 students.

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