Synapse Construction Kit©

Product Code: SCK


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You students will uncover how electrical and chemical signals allow us to move, breathe, and think then predict what happens when things go wrong.

⚠  Warning


Where one neuron ends and another starts, things can get pretty interesting. Your students can investigate the action potential of a neuron plus the interaction of neurotransmitters, membrane receptors, and transport proteins. Students work collaboratively to:

  • Discover how the resting potential of a neuron is established and travels down an axon
  • Simulate the action of the sodium-potassium pump in resetting the resting potential
  • Explore the effects of neurotransmitters acetylcholine, dopamine and GABA on a post synaptic neuron
  • Model cholinergic, dopaminergic and GABAergic synapses
  • Compare metabotropic and ionotropic receptors
Once students create their model to show the typical process for the neuron function, they can analyze where the process can break down. They then revise their model using representations of nicotine, cocaine, sarin gas and propofol on neuronal signaling to predict the molecular and organismal response.

Synapse Construction Kit©1-Group
SNAP/SNARE Proteins2
Gated Sodium Channels4
Potassium Leak Channels4
Gated Potassium Channels4
Gated Calcium Channel1
G-Protein Coupled Receptor1
Transport Proteins2
Sodium/Potassium Pumps2
Acetylcholine Receptor1
GABA Receptor1
ADP and Pi1
Potassium Ions30
Chloride Ions12
Sodium Ions30
Calcium Ions8

Please allot approximately 60 minutes to put together your first kit and 45 minutes for each additional kit (if you have more than one).
Colors may fade. Consider storing foam kits in a dark location such as a closet, cabinet or drawer.

Disinfecting Kits

Synapse Construction Kit© -1 Group Set Contents

Synapse Construction Kit© Assembly Directions

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