Each day we use our five senses—sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing—to understand the world around us. But, how much do you know about your senses? Try out this week’s STEM @ Home activities to learn more about how you sense the world!
Online Videos: Use these links to educate and entertain!
- Early Elementary: The Five Senses on The Dr. Binocs Show
- Upper Elementary: The Five Senses for Kids by Rock ‘n Learn
- Middle School: 5 Senses of Humans by MooMooMath and Science
- High School: Professor Dave Explains the Peripheral Nervous System
Where Do You Stand?: An Activity on Proprioception – Proprioception, often described as our “sixth sense”, describes our body’s sense of spatial awareness. Proprioceptors are specialized nerve cells within our musculoskeletal system (including joints, muscles, and tendons) that allow us to understand our body’s position in space. For instance, upon closing your eyes, you can still touch your nose with the tip of your finger because your body is able to sense the location of your nose and finger without seeing the body parts.
Sense of Touch Activities – Our skin is not only the largest protective organ we have, it is also the largest sensory organ that helps us keep safe and healthy. The sensory signals are received by receptors in the skin and translated through nerve cells to the brain. In this experiment, you can test a friend or parent’s sensory reception and sensitivity!
Sorting Smells – Human brains are hardwired to identify smells, helping us find food and detect danger. You smell many different things all day long and it’s probably easy for you to know what you’re smelling, but have you ever put it to the test?
For additional resources, check out our STEM @ Home page!