Science & Nature

Fun-Sized Neuroscience: What Happens When We Dream? (Ages 10-14)

In this one-time class, learners will learn the basics of neuroscience as it relates to sleep and examine theories about what's happening in our brains when we dream.
8 total reviews for this teacher
7 reviews for this class
Completed by 32 learners

55 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Available Times

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Tue May 24

Meet once (1 day)
1am - 1:55am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.

Sat May 28

Meet once (1 day)
12pm - 12:55pm

Sat Jun 4

Meet once (1 day)
12am - 12:55am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.

Tue Jun 7

Meet once (1 day)
8pm - 8:55pm

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will be able to identify various neurotransmitters involved in sleeping. Students will be able to identify the part of the brain involved in the control of sleep. Students will be able to define a theory. Students will be able to describe various theories related to the meaning of dreams. Students will be able to explain how our brain constructs dreams.
Students can (optionally) bring 1-3 small containers of playdough or another kind of moldable dough to make a neuron model, or colored pencils and paper to draw a neuron! If none of these are readily available, students can follow along with me!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
We will have an informal assessment in the form of a review game at the end of class.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
We will be referring to the books 'Creating Mind: How the Brain Works" by John E. Dowling and "Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams" by Matthew Walker multiple times throughout the class. These books are written by highly knowledgeable experts in the field of neuroscience and are filled to the brim with interesting and accessible explanations for how certain brain functions work. 

We'll also reference the following scholarly web sources:
University of Washington's "Neuroscience for Kids" website -
"Why do We Sleep, anyway?" from Harvard University Medical School's 'Healthy Sleep' program -
Washington State University Psych 105 Open Source Textbook Section 4.2 - Sleep and Why We Sleep -


Kelsey Nelson
Lives in the United States
Project-Based Teacher by day, fiber arts and video game enthusiast by night!
8 total reviews
5 completed classes

About Me

“How to be a science person:
Step 1 - Do Science. 
Step 2 - Be a person.”

About me:
Teaching Certifications and Experience
I have a degree in neurobiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaching licenses in secondary math, biology,... 
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