BrainLink: Neuroscience activities for kids

Nancy Moreno nmoreno at bcm.tmc.edu
Fri Aug 5 09:44:14 EST 1994



Are you working with students in schools or interested in helping children
discover the excitement of "doing" science?  BrainLink offers unique
materials and activities in neuroscience to carry out in the classroom with
students in grades K-8.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, BrainLink has been developed
collaboratively by researchers, clinicians and educators at Baylor College
of Medicine and is designed to teach elementary and early middle school
students about the brain and nervous system, while fostering awareness of
science and health careers, promoting healthy behaviors and allowing
teachers and students to explore science concepts through hands-on,
discovery-oriented approaches.  Each BrainLink unit focuses on a central
neuroscience topic that is maintained throughout the three interrelated
components described below.

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Adventures in Neuroscience is a series of stories about a group of children
who call themselves the NeuroExplorers.  Neuroscience concepts are
introduced within the plot of each story.  In the first story,
"Skullduggery," for example, the NeuroExplorers learn about the physical
brain and the skull while they unravel the mystery behind a stolen
archaelogical artifact.

Explorations in Neuroscience is a mini-magazine filled with information and
fun activities that encourage children and parents to carry out
neuroscience activities together. 

Activities in Neuroscience is a teacher guide that provides activity-based
lessons for classroom use, along with necessary background information for
teachers.  The activities entice students to discover neuroscience concepts
through hands-on exploration.  For example, in the first unit, "Brain
Comparisons," students learn about the weight and fragile nature of the
brain, using a three pound water ballon as a model. 

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Four BrainLink units are available: Brain Comparisons, Motor Highways,
Sensory Systems and Memory and Learning.  The units have been field tested
in Houston-area schools during the past two years.  Students reported
"liking" and "learning something" from the materials, while teachers rated
BrainLink highly for its educational value.  

For more information about BrainLink, please contact: Nancy Moreno,
Ph.D.,Judith Dresden, Barbara Tharp, or Leslie Miller, Ph.D.,  Division of
School-Based Programs, Baylor College of Medicine, 1709 Dryden, Suite 545,
Houston, Texas 77030;  phone (713) 798-8200;  fax (713) 798-8201; email
nmoreno at bcm.tmc.edu.



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