Long Term Potential

A core concept in neuroscience is Long Term Potentiation; the process in which the connection between two neurons is strengthened. Long Term Potentiation (LTP) is the underlying mechanism for learning and memory throughout the brain and nervous system. LTP allows us to learn languages, solve math problems, ride a bike, and remember our lives. However, LTP requires very specific input patterns otherwise learning does not take place. The goal of Long Term Potential is to provide the right pattern of inputs for students to facilitate learning in STEM subjects. Gone are the days of lifeless textbooks, static whiteboards, and the practice of short term learning of information just to pass the next test and then be forgotten. Students should be participating in the learning process rather than passively taking in information. In this age of technology our youth have the opportunity to learn more deeply and effectively than ever before. Kids are inherently curious and pre-wired to ask "but why?" and "what if..?". Instead of memorizing facts students should be taught underlying concepts and be given the tools to manipulate these concepts and observe their effects. "What if neurons sent signals faster? Slower? Bigger? Smaller?" "Why do hearts beat as fast as they do? Why not 300 beats per minute? Why not 10?" Through these iterative engagements students form an intuition about subject matter and gain a more comprehensive understanding of new ideas. We have the technology and the research which enables us to provide a robust learning environment for all children and their learning styles. The mission on Long Term Potential is to develop technologies to facilitate interactive learning and unlock the true potential of the next generation for the long term.