Science Matters: Senses Workshop

In June 2010, teachers from regional schools were invited to a workshop provided by ECSU's Education department faculty in collaboration with ECSU's Arts and Sciences faculty. This page is a directory to resources provided to the participants of the Senses Workshop.

On the first and second day we learned the basic concepts of sensory stimuli, perception, and responses through a lecture whose powerpoint file and its associated images file are provided. If you are working on a PC and the powerpoint file does not display the images, then you may need to install a Quick Time plug in and/or update your PC's operating system. The images file provides the same slides in a format that is completely universal. If your computer downloads the powerpoint with a .ppt.pps extension, just delete the .pps portion of the filename and it should behave like a standard powerpoint file.

To gain first-hand experience with senses and how they detect stimuli and the responses they provide, we carried out a few demonstrations and other activities. The activities handout is a Word document that we used as our guide.

In carrying out our activities, there were several paper-based resources linked here. These files will download to your computer:

Centimeter Grid
Snellen Visual Acuity Charts (may need to right-click = control-click to avoid opening in a "PDF plug-in")
Astigmatism Chart
Reaction Time Rulers

After our two days of lectures/activities, these are computer links that might be useful:

Themed Web Links For Exploration

Good website for all senses:
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chsense.html

Light wavelength demonstration, etc:
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/wavebasics/index.html
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/index.html

Vision:
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chvision.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afterimage
http://www.worqx.com/color/color_wheel.htm
http://www.moillusions.com/2009/10/skull-chaser-optical-illusion.html
http://www.moillusions.com/2009/07/three-barack-obama-afterimages.html
http://www.exploratorium.edu/exhibits/bird_in_a_cage/bird_in_a_cage.html
http://www.psychologie.tu-dresden.de/i1/kaw/diverses%20Material/www.illusionworks.com/html/afterimage.html
http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chreflex.html

Colorblindness test:
http://colorvisiontesting.com/ishihara.htm

Snellen eye charts:
http://www.i-see.org/eyecharts.html

Octopus vision:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_the_eye
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,897619-1,00.html
http://www.eyeonthesea.co.nz/feature/octopus.html
http://www.bioedonline.org/news/news.cfm?art=1434

Reaction Time: On-line Methods
http://www.psych.uni.edu/psychexps/InstrOnly_Page/reactime.htm
http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/reactiontime.html
http://biology.clemson.edu/bpc/bp/Lab/110/reaction.htm
http://getyourwebsitehere.com/jswb/rttest01.html
http://www.humanbenchmark.com/tests/reactiontime/index.php
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/java/reacttime.html
(http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chgames.html ...scroll down for 5 different approaches

Reaction Time Ruler Methods
http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2006/reactiontime.shtml
http://www.scifun.org/WOP/Reaction.html (English...gag...)
http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/reactiontime.html (metric...low resolution)
http://www.brianmac.co.uk/rulerdrop.htm (metric...with formula!...rounding errors...download excel file for better accuracy)

Taste:
http://library.thinkquest.org/3750/taste/taste.html
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/taste.html ...good foundation information
http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/biosi/staffinfo/jacob/teaching/sensory/taste.html ...even deeper!
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ScienceTasteBudInvestigationUsingJellyBellies23.htm (includes reading connection 'gregory the terrible eater')
http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/your_sense_of_taste/index.html

Olfaction:
http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/biosi/staffinfo/jacob/teaching/sensory/olfact1.html
http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/biosi/staffinfo/jacob/teaching/sensory/pherom.html a linked discussion on human pheromones
http://www.cln.org/themes/smell.html

Sound:
http://scifiles.larc.nasa.gov/text/kids/D_Lab/acts_sound.html
http://www.sciencekidsathome.com/science_topics/what_is_sound.html
http://science.pppst.com/sound.html ...Powerpoint resources
http://www.ehow.com/how_4801513_demonstrate-sound-waves-kids.html
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/soundwaves/
http://library.thinkquest.org/19537/java/Wave.html
http://www.frontiernet.net/~imaging/play_a_piano.htm ...used in lecture "unreliable server or software"
http://library.thinkquest.org/19537/java/Beats.html ...Interference--tuning--used in lecture
http://www.cln.org/themes/sound.html

Touch:
http://www.cln.org/themes/touch.html
http://www.sedl.org/scimath/pasopartners/senses/lesson4.html
http://www.eduref.org/Virtual/Lessons/Health/Body_Systems_and_Senses/BSS0014.html
html http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/lessonplan.jsp?id=120 (younger students)

Braille sheet...Maybe free?
http://www.loc.gov/nls/reference/braille/orderform.html
http://www.afb.org/braillebug/braille.asp click on links to braille music, math, etc.

K-2 BraveLittleMonster Reading/Sense Project:
http://ericir.syr.edu/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Health/Body_Systems_and_Senses/BSS0201.html

Sensory gardening anyone?
http://www.lucygardens.com/sensory-garden-for-kids.html

Aging and senses:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/004013.htm