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Brain Bee

By Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
Seven SJA students participated in the annual St. Louis Area Brain Bee held at Washington University on February 16.
According to Emily Giannotti (’19), “We learned about the vision of horseshoe crabs and got to hold live ones. They have different kinds of eyes and have been pretty much the same genetically and physically for 250,000,000 years (they haven't evolved).
We also cut off cockroach legs and hooked them up to an electrical signaling amplifier. Because the legs were still alive, we were able to hear and record the action potential of the nerves firing in the leg when touched with a paint brush.
There are no pictures because it wasn't allowed but we also got to hold human and sheep brains. The outer part of our brain is what makes us human (we can make developed thoughts and predict events)”.
Participants included: seniors Maggie Hannick, Emily Giannotti, Rachel O’Reilly, Reagan Polcyn, Ana Maria Vasquez, Marissa Ledbetter and frosh Grace LoPiccolo.
St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.

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