Donna’s Big Idea: Donna’s project might be the stuff of nightmares to some, but for her students, studying zombies and cockroaches is a unique way to engage with high-level science material. Utilizing Spikerbox technology from Backyard Brains, Donna’s class studied the basic anatomy of the Madagascar hissing cockroaches’ nervous system with an emphasis on memory storage. She and her class also used the book, “The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse” written by Dr. Steven C. Schlozman, as a fun way to learn how the brains of zombies operate.
Central to Donna’s project was the aim to motivate and excite students through interesting and unique material. More scientifically, students learned the basics of how the nervous system works and synthesized information about how sensory receptors respond to stimuli which results in behavioral adaptation and/or memory storage.
Interesting Facts: Donna sponsors her school’s after-school 4-H Adventurers/Science Club which has taken trips to places like the Grand Canyon and Florida to study diverse environments. Donna has a Masters and a Rank I in Education.