Synaptic sprouting @ Skyview!

After a week of projects and activities with our grads and undergrads from Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and WSU Vancouver, we hit the road for field trips!

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We’d already enjoyed an exciting introduction to the brain on Tuesday…

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And creative neuron printmaking with artist Carrie Miyamoto and artist/neuroscience instructor (and Noggin co-founder) Jeff Leake on Wednesday…

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And also plenty of hands on sheep brain dissections on Thursday…

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…with some of the longest optic nerves we’d ever seen!

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LEARN MORE:  Directional terms handout

LEARN MORE:  Sheep brain dissection

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One Skyview senior, Noah Tukhashvili, VERY skillfully dissected out the ovine (sheep) hippocampus!  Noah had joined us as a junior the year before, viewed a brain surgery with Noggin in January, and wants to be a neurosurgeon.  Steady hands are good!

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But on Friday, we divided into three large groups, and headed by bus to visit the OHSU Oregon National Primate Research Center, the EEG and imaging labs at OHSU (through the Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) program), and the Portland Art Museum, to learn how knowledge of the brain informs extensive, creative discovery in both research and art…

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Many thanks to Skyview High School, Vancouver GEAR UP, the OHSU Portland Alcohol Research Center, the ONPRC, the YES! Program, and the Portland Art Museum for supporting such terrific collaborative engagement by Noggin educators in our community!

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