Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury: A Neural Network Journey

A 4-5 Week Curriculum Unit for Middle and High School Science Classes
Grades: Six to 12

This seven-lesson unit, aimed at middle school and high school students, provides background in neuroanatomy, neuroscience, and neural engineering with a special focus on traumatic brain injury.

The unit culminates in a script writing exercise, with students composing a special report on traumatic brain injury. Students will build models, field webquests, conduct research, and take part in hands-on investigations. All lesson plans are aligned to the Washington State K-12 Science Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core State Standards.

The plans were created by Michael Shaw, Cleveland High School (Seattle, Wash.), and Shannon Jephson-Hernandez, Mill Creek Middle School (Kent, Wash.) as part of the CNT Research Experience for Teachers program.

Introduction and Table of Contents
Lesson 1:  Introduction to the Nervous System
Lesson 2:  Macro Brain
Lesson 3:  Neurons and Synapses | Lesson 3 Slide Deck
Lesson 4:  Reaction Time - Action Potential Lab
Lesson 5:  Networks and Systems
Lesson 6:  Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury
Lesson 7:  Script Writing Skills Workshop