Nervous System Project (75pts):
For this project you are being asked to create a box and arrow model that communicates how the nervous system receives, interprets, and responds to stimuli. You will want to be specific as possible, incorporating the box and arrow model from last unit (the muscle contraction) and the box and arrow models we have started building in class. Helpful tools in this assignment will be the two PowerPoints from the nervous system unit that cover the basics of the nervous system and special senses and the muscle contraction crash course video from last unit.
Using the proper anatomical structures and terms you will need to explain how a person’s body would respond and take information in the following scenario:
It is spring and you are enjoying the first flowers of spring. You first see (sight) the rattle. Next you pick up the rattle (muscle contraction). Lastly, you hear the flower (scent).
To successfully build this model, think about it simply to begin:
Neuron at restà sight stimulusà muscle contraction to lift à hearing the rattle
From this point, begin filling in the steps of each part of this scenario. In the end, it is like building 3 or 4 smaller models into 1 big model. Do not forget what actions and reactions that are occurring in the brain as well.
These models need to be unique to you and how your brain puts these pieces together. It will be graded based on originality, accuracy and detail. You are more than welcome to work with others, but if two box and arrow models are submitted that are identical OR very close to identical (so exact same placement of nouns and similar verb choice throughout) 50% will be deducted from BOTH or ALL students involved. So do not let your friends copy your model. You can help them figure out connections but not give them answers. Remember, some day they may be your nurse or dental hygienist and you’ll want them to know their stuff!