The Society for Neuroscience has a nice page up for Brain Awareness Week.
What is Brain Awareness Week?Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is an inspirational global campaign that unites those who share an interest in elevating public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain and nervous system research.BAW focuses international attention on the field of neuroscience and offers opportunities for teachers and students to engage in fun educational activities. From dynamic classroom presentations and laboratory tours to enlightening museum exhibits and public lectures, BAW activities...
- Inspire the next generation of scientists
- Contribute to general understanding of basic brain functions
- Improve public health by expanding awareness of neurological disorders
- Make the connection between increased support for biomedical research and benefits to public healthWhile BAW takes place each year in March, neuroscience education and outreach is encouraged year-round. Navigate SfN's resources to learn more about the campaign and to assist in the planning of a new activity.
- Find a scientist willing to share neuroscience with your students using our Neuroscientist-Teacher Partnership Program
- Search NERVE for information and tools for teaching about the nervous system, targeted to grades K-12
- Download Brain Facts, SfN's basic primer on the brain and nervous system, or contact BAW@SfN.org to request a class set of books and CDs
- Read our Neuromyth Busters (PDF), which explains the truth behind common misconceptions about the brain.
- Check out SfN's Neuroscience Core Concepts, which breaks basic neuroscience down into facts correlated to the National Science Education Standards
- Learn about other interesting neuroscience topics with our other publications - Brain Briefings, Brain Research Success Stories, and Research & Discoveries - written for neuroscience educators.SfN proudly partners with The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives who launched BAW in 1996. The worldwide coalition of BAW partners now includes more than 2,000 universities, K-12 schools, hospitals, patient groups, museums, government agencies, service organizations, and professional associations.
Brain Awareness Week News
Thanh-Liem Huyuh-Tran of California led the U.S. to victory at the International Brain Bee on July 16 during the 8th annual International Brain Research Organization World Congress of Neuroscience in Florence, Italy. SfN is a proud supporter of the International Brain Bee, sponsoring a neuroscience internship among other prizes. Congratulations to all contestants across the globe, including Ben Thompson of Australia (2nd place) and Kyeong Rok Choi of Korea (3rd place). Special thanks to all Brain Bee coordinators for their time, effort, and dedication to neuroscience education. Look for your chance to get involved during next year’s Brain Bee.
Check out University of Washington's Neurobiology & Behavior Community Outreach program led by graduate students. Year-round, they share their knowledge and experience in neuroscience with students at all levels - from elementary through adult education. Have a question about the brain? Ask them at The Brain Question Web site and get a free answer in words that you can understand.
Congratulations to the National Science Olympiad champions (Division C) from Solon High School in Ohio. Starting at the regional level, the Olympiad culminated in a national tournament where 120 of the country's best Science Olympiad teams, representing more than 2,000 students, competed in 25 events. SfN helps sponsor the competition, and winners will present their work and attend the 2011 SfN Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
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Mark your calender for future BAW dates:
March 11-17, 2013
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Dana ResourcesAs the Brain Awareness Week headquarters, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives offers a wide range of advice and activity resources to bring to classrooms.