Resources for Students


Resources About the Brain

KidsHealth – How the Nervous System Works Video
Watch this animated, four-minute video about how your nervous system works.

KidsHealth – How the Body Works
Learn more about your brain by playing games, taking quizzes, and reading articles.

Inside the Teenage Brain
This resource from PBS Frontline provides links to a wide range of information about the brain during adolescence. Find out how your brain is changing!

Your Gross and Cool Body –The Nervous System
Find out about the gross and cool parts of your nervous system here.

The Human Body E-Book
This site provides an interactive e-book for elementary school students.

The Franklin Institute – The Human Brain
Get to know your brain at this site, where you can find general information about the brain as well as facts about how certain foods, activities, and environmental factors can affect the brain.

Annenberg Media – The Human Brain
This site offers an interactive flash program that teachers and students can use to learn more about the major divisions of the brain.

PBS – The Secret Life of the Brain
This site provides a 3-D look at brain anatomy and a history of brain science, as well as information about “brain illusions” and brain scanning technology.

Exploratorium –Virtual Sheep Brain Dissection
This site provides a step-by-step walkthrough of a sheep brain dissection, with pictures, micrographs, diagrams, and video. The dissection focuses on the brain’s ability to store memories.


Resources About Human Fetal Development

KidsHealth: Body Basics
Learn about the female reproductive system, including human fetal development, in this teen-friendly educational site.

The Visual Embryo
This site provides a visual walkthrough of fetal development from conception to birth.

Fetal Development Overview Video
This one-minute animated video shows the path of human development from a single cell to a full-term baby. Requires QuickTime.

Which Embryo is Human?
Test your knowledge of human development: can you tell which picture shows a human embryo?

PBS NOVA’s “Odyssey of Life”
This site provides QuickTime or .avi clips of human fetal development, as well as clips showing the fetal development of pigs, chickens, and fish.


Resources About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

KidsHealth – Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Learn more about FAS at this site.

KidsHealth – Getting the Right Message about Alcohol
Learn more about alcohol’s effect on the body at this site written specifically for kids.

Video: “The Story of Iyal”
This video, produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tells the story of one family living with FASD. Two versions of the video are linked along with text versions of their scripts.

Neuroscience for Kids – Alcohol and the Brain
This site for kids explains how alcohol can affect the human brain.

KidsQuest: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Follow the links from this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site to complete your own webquest and learn more about FAS.


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Seasonal schedules

MPSC offers seasonal schedules of Science 360 shows to the public. Follow this link to see the current schedule of public shows at MPSC.

Please note that seasonal schedules change four times each year (spring, summer, fall and holiday), and some shows are not offered during every schedule.

School shows

In addition to its public shows, MPSC offers shows during the week especially for school classes and other field trip groups. These school shows do not appear on the seasonal schedule but do appear on MPSC's daily calendar.

If seats are available, the public may purchase tickets to school shows.

However, school groups with reserved seating have first priority on any remaining seats (for example, if extra chaperons attend), so MPSC cannot guarantee that public seats will be available for school shows.