The neuromuscular junction (or synapse) is where a motor neurone meets a muscle fibre. They must respond quickly and precisely to allow controlled movement.
First, your students will make their model out of the colourful parts. They then follow what happens when an action potential reaches the presynaptic membrane.
Your students will move ions through the channels for themselves to see what happens. They finish by producing the calcium ion surge that causes muscle contraction.
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Topics covered include structure of a neuromuscular junction, presynaptic membrane, postsynaptic membrane, synaptic cleft, vesicles, neurotransmitters, T tubules, sarcoplasm and sarcoplasmic reticulum.
You can also show how it triggers muscle contraction by linking it to our Muscle Contraction model.
Includes full colour Powerpoint class presentation!
Takes just 30 minutes! Dimensions 13cm x 7cm x 10cm/5in x 3in x 4in.
Download includes: instructions, colour & mono model templates and Powerpoint file.
All you need: paper, scissors and tape.
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