*This course is a collaboration between Teddy’s Tutoring and Bee Tutored
Young Minds is an early exploration into the vast world of brain science! The course will begin with the brain cell (neuron) and how its structure allows it to electrically and chemically communicate with other cells within its neural circuit. We will then consider specific regions of the brain and the pathways responsible for carrying out everyday human experiences like riding a bike, enjoying the sweet taste of ice cream, playing catch with a friend, and much more. The course will wind down with insights into how normal brain functions are disrupted in the case of brain injury, as seen in concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.
Young Minds aims to equip 7th and 8th grade students with the knowledge necessary to navigate the dynamic nature of the brain in its role as the control center for all human functions and experiences! By doing so, we hope to engage our students by bringing middle school science curriculums to life, as students learn how the structure of brain cells facilitates the passing and integration of information the brain receives from the outside world.
Class Meeting Times:
Tuesday, March 30, 5-6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 6, 5-6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 13, 5-6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 20, 5-6:30 pm
Tuesday, April 27, 5-6:30 pm
Tuesday, May 4, 5-6:30 pm
Catharine Mielnik, Ph.D, Senior STEM Teaching Instructor at Teddy's Tutoring LLC
Catharine is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Pharmacology in the University of Toronto, Canada, developing treatments for a number of psychiatric disorders such as autism, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Catharine has an extensive background in teaching and mentoring students who are curious about the brain and mental illness. In her past 10 years in Academia, Catharine has served as a teaching instructor and a laboratory mentor for hundreds of students taking a variety of courses in brain science. Catharine’s passion for neuroscience education has been a constant throughout her career in research, as she strives to inspire a fascination for the inner workings of the brain in all of her students in the classroom and in the lab!