Let’s Form a Reflex Arc Model: A STEM Activity
Keywords:biology education, reflex arc, STEM, nervous system
The purpose of this study is to introduce an activity which has been designed in accordance with Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) education within the scope of 5E learning model and to present the implementation steps of it. The activity plan is on the topics of Nerves, Hormones and Homeostasis in Human Physiology Unit in 11th grade biology curriculum. The activity was implemented with the participation of 49 students at a public high school. For the implementation of the activity, the students were divided into groups of five and they tried to complete the activity in four class hours. The participant students stated that they both learned and enjoyed learning while they were creating their model. Moreover, the teachers who implemented the activity stated that the equipment used in the activity is easy to access, which creates an advantage for the activity to be done in class.