Workshop for the North Country Children’s Museum

Neuroscience team runs interactive workshop for the North Country Children’s Museum

Dr. Ana Estevez, Associate Professor of Biology and Psychology, and three of her Neuroscience students, recently ran a fun and interactive workshop focused on the senses for the North Country Children’s Museum as part of their Museums Without Walls program. During the workshop titled “The Science of the Senses,” Dr. Estevez along with JF Boucher, Sydney Henegan and Julie Joyce taught the young participants about our sensory systems, why they are important and what parts of our brain are important for processing each type of sensory information. Via interactive demonstrations, participants learned, among other things, how our ears process sound waves; how visual, olfactory and taste information contribute the flavor of what we eat; how and why our ability to discriminate objects differs in differ parts of our bodies; the anatomy of the visual system and why we have a blind spot in each eye.

According to their website, The North Country Children’s Museum was founded in 2012 and is a non-profit organization aimed at providing hands-on activities on a wide range topics for local children. Their Museums Without Walls program is held weekly at the Clarkson University Bookstore during the school year. The museum’s permanent site, The Red Barn, is currently under construction and is slated to open in 2018.