Get the Point(s)

Do all areas of your skin have the same sensitivity to touch? Playing with the sense of touch, this experiment has scholars guessing how many pin heads gently touch their arm and hand. In the second part, pupils answer questions about their experience and then design a device to better test the brain's sensory functions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Test an additional, accessible, body part such as the elbow or neck
Classroom Considerations
  • Uses common items like a pink eraser and stick pins
  • Exactly two young scientists work together at a time
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  • Takes very little class time
  • Provides links to learn more about related sensory system topics
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