Neuroscience Institute

A camp for incoming 9th – 11th grade students (female and male students)

June 19th – June 23th 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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Registration Deadline: May 19th 
The Summer Institute to Foster Latino Medical Scientists and Biomedical Engineers will involve hands-on experiments which will include recording electrical activity in muscles and neurons, conduction velocity of different types of neurons, investigating the effects of temperature and oxygen levels on neurons, as well as reaction time and fatigue in humans. These activities are consistent with STEM careers in areas such as Biomedical Engineering, Medical Sciences, Biochemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology.

  • Introduce participants to the complexity of the human nervous system;
  • Stimulate interest in STEM and health related fields;
  • Introduce participants to the college level experience and address the problem of underrepresentation;
  • Encourage collaborative problem solving.

Session topics and activities include:

  • History of Neuron Models
  • Dancing Cockroach Experiment
  • Cardiac Action Potentials Experiment
  • Oxygen & Spiking the Effect of Temperature on Neurons
  • Robo-roach Neuro-Prosthetics
  • Visit TSC Technical Laboratory

Participants who successfully complete this summer institute are expected to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics;
  • Overcome negative attitudes and perceptions  that may hinder their  participation in STEM careers;
  • Demonstrate satisfactory performance while engaging in engineering and other STEM projects; and
  • Collaboratively solve problems related to STEM topics.

Additional Information

Classes are team taught by TSC faculty, public school teachers, and undergraduate college students. Classes are interdisciplinary to facilitate exploration into various STEM fields.

Registration Guidelines
All registration materials must be submitted by the deadline for consideration. The summer institute is free and open to incoming 9th to 11th  grade students between the ages of fourteen (14) and nineteen (19).

For more information, contact Ruben Reyes at [email protected]