Virtual Neurons

Grade Level: 5 - 12 Age Range: 10 - 18 Lesson Length: 1 - 2 classes

Neurons, or nerve cells, are the basic functional units of the nervous system.

Students use the Virtual Neurons software to construct neural circuits and visualize how messages travel through the circuits.

As an extension, students can design and implement an experiment manipulating circuit components to alter neural communication.

 

If your browser supports Flash, you may play the game in your browser.

You may download this free software for the following platforms:
Windows
Mac (requires Adobe AIR)
Android
iOS version (for Apple iPad) available on the App Store. New version coming soon

If you have questions, comments, or support requests regarding our Virtual Neurons software, please contact us at brainu@umn.edu.

While you use the software, once you've set up a circuit, click on the "Zoom in..." button at the left. You'll see blue circles over the axon end of the neuron and gold circles over the dendrites. If you click on the area where the two circles overlap, you'll see a pop-up animation of the synapse. Click on Learn! to get more information.

Virtual Neurons has been accepted into the Life Science Teaching Resource Community Archive of Teacher Resources.

 

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