Using the ‘zombie’ method to teach neuroscience
Halloween may be a fun time for kids to dress up in costumes and eat candy, but with the right tools it also can be a spooktacular learning opportunity. Dr. Steven Schlozman of Harvard Medical School and author of “The Zombie Autopsies” is perhaps the world’s foremost expert at fictitiously dissecting the undead brain to illustrate neural functions. NewsHour Extra, the NewsHour’s teacher resource website, teamed up with Dr. Schlozman to adapt his work into lessons aimed at high school students.
If you’re a science educator looking for a fun way to teach Halloween, or just interested in the brains of the walking dead among us, check out these four zombie neuroscience lesson plans designed to challenge students and spark their creativity. Students will learn neuroscience basics through a dance party, a giant puzzle and a skittles-chemistry project. They’ll also have the opportunity to author a research paper — all so they can save the world from the zombie apocalypse.