The students in Mrs. Verch’s Psychology classes were given the chance to receive extra credit. They constructed a model of the brain and label the different parts that they learned about as creatively as possible. The students labeled the Thalamus, Hypothalamus, Hippocampus, Cerebellum, Wernicke’s Area, Broca’s Area, Medulla, Corpus Callosum, and Cerebral Cortex and then explain their functions.
In order to make her model “My mom and I went to target and got 4 packages of play-doh in all different colors for each of the parts of the brain. Then I took a skeleton candle I had and made the brain on top of it.” said senior, Lauren Sprankle.
The adult brain weighs about 3 pounds. The brain is also the fattest organ in the body and may consist of at least 60% of body fat. Another fun fact about the brain-there are no pain receptors in it, so the brain can feel no pain. The left side of your brain (left hemisphere) controls the right side of your body; and, the right side of your brain (right hemisphere) controls the left side of your body.
“It was really fun to reconstruct the brain and learn about what really goes on up there!” said senior, Jenny Slade.
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