Neuroscience Day

Website: https://neuron.illinois.edu/projects/neuroscience-day

Status: Completed (March 2013)

 

Description

Neuroscience Day brought two days of neuroscience activities to middle and high school students in South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Sinte Gleska University in Mission, South Dakota. Seven schools participated in the Neuroscience Day events, providing over 200 students and nearly 20 teachers with an opportunity to learn about neuroscience and interact with students, scientists, educators, and medical professionals.

Outcomes and Opportunities

Adapted from Project NEURON’s formal curriculum for a variety of informal education environments, eight free hands-on activity lesson plans and materials are available at the website listed above. The activities are accompanied by a Neuroscience Day Activity Booklet, which can be downloaded, printed, and completed by students as they participate.

Partners and Funding

Neuroscience Day was made possible by a collaboration between two National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (NIH-SEPA) programs: Project NEURON and Building Bridges. The “Building Bridges: Health Science Education in Native American Communities” project is a partnership between the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute (UNMC) and the Great Plains Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) to to encourage connections between biomedical scientists, science educators, and community leaders that improve K-12 student and public understanding of the health sciences (Award No. 1 R25 RR032178-01).