What do a satsuma and a boiled egg have in common? Well, Trinity’s Lower Sixth Psychology students put these edible items to good use in a homework assignment recently.
The task was to make a model of a neuron – nerve cells that process and transmit messages in the nervous system through electrical and chemical signals – using household objects alone, and to label it correctly.
The results were impressive, with students arranging fruit, bottle tops, flowers, coins, beads and noodles in creative ways to represent dendrites, axons, nuclei and more.
The homework provided a creative break for students working hard preparing for forthcoming end of year exams. The Biopsychology topic explores the importance of biological processes in shaping our behaviours, thoughts, and feelings and requires a technical and scientific understanding of how the nervous system functions.
“Recreating a neuron using three-dimensional objects is harder than it looks. It requires students to think about how the parts of neurons function and fit together, and why it’s constructed the way it is. Bringing their creativity will help them recall knowledge later and having fun will support confidence in a difficult topic.”
Mr Heaton, Psychology Teacher
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