Turn your classroom into a giant synapse as students act out communication at the neural level by behaving as vesicles, neurotransmitters, receptors, secondary messengers and transporters.

Neurotransmitters and receptors interact via "lock-and key" puzzle pieces (included).

Prior Knowledge Needed

Basic neuron structure, neurons communicate using action potentials and chemicals called neurotransmitters

Time Required

Class Time: 40 - 50 minutes
Prep Time: 30 - 40 minutes

Jumpin' the Gap PDF Jumpin' the Gap PDF

Descriptive illustrations walk you through each part of the simulation procedure from start to finish. Download the PDF.


Jumpin' the Gap Print-and-Go

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Students Jumpin' the Gap Overheads PDF Jumpin' the Gap Overheads PDF

Colorful overhead masters show your students how their simulation relates to a real synapse. Download the overheads.