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The Dancing Cockroach Leg: An Introduction to the Electrical Properties of Neurons

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Word Document (2007)
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Description This is a video and accompanying lesson plan. In the video, a cockroach leg is being microstimulated through pin electrodes hooked up to the output of an iPod. The cockroach leg will then 'dance' at various points of the song.
Type of Resource Lesson Plan, Video
Format Word Document (2007) - DOCX
Technical Note You will need the internet to access the YouTube video. I can provide the original movie file (katherine.wilkinson@sjsu.edu).
Katie Wilkinson, San Jose State University
Development Date April 11, 2013
Grade/Age Levels Middle School (Grades 6-8)
High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
National Science
Educational Standards
Form and function (K-12), Structure and function in living systems (5-8)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By LifeSciTRC Board
Review Date June 28, 2013
Funding Source None
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I teach in an all boys school and this would definitely stimulate interest in neuron stimulation. Great STEM addition if students were to build device, analyze and measure leg movement stimulation. I recommend with STEM additions, however, even without great interest grabber and question generator. 

Robin Cowen, Army and Navy Academy

Interesting approach for conveying the concept of neural input into a muscle to bring about contractile activity.

Erik Henriksen, University of Arizona

This is a good visual, and will intrigue students of all ages.

Rebecca Evans, Granville Intermediate School


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