As in past years, students started the Open House with a multimedia
"Brain Assembly" with Dr. Eric Chudler. The students learned about
neurotransmission, compared the brains of different animals and played
with some visual illusions.
Students then visited exhibits set up by University of Washington
departments and other organizations. Students were connected to a
transcranial Doppler machine to measure their brain blood flow (UW Dept.
of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine). The Neurobiology and Behavior
Community Outreach Program had exhibits to test the senses and materials
to build neuron models. The DO-IT program, UW Department of
Otolaryngology, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Northwest
Association for Biomedical Research, Department of Biology, Center for
Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, Unite for Sight, Youth Take Heart
program, Seattle Hydrocephalus Support Group, UW Dept. of Biological
Structure, UW Department of Radiology, UW Medicine, Northwest Association
for Biomedical Research, Edmonds-Woodway High School, UW Bloedel Center,
and Sowing the Seeds of
Neuroscience all provided exhibits.
Students were reinforced through the displays our studies of the
brain in class.
The kids really enjoy the variety of activities and they actually
love the introduction and the "poll" questions.
It was great to see the kids interact with students and
professionals. It is also a great opportunity to come to the UW
campus. The open house was a great way to extend neurobiology
learning from class to so many hands on exercises and applications in
research and professional worlds.
Amazing presentation by Dr. Chudler - he should be the "Bill Nye"
of brain science! Captivating, fun to learn, and very engaging
presentation. The students enjoyed eating among the college students
and at one time they said "we want to go to college right
now".....The kids learned about how scientists study different
aspects of human behavior and how the brain plays a role in that, and
they learned about the nervous system and connected real life body
parts and real scientests to the study of the nervous system. The
kids were curious and interested and didn't stop talking about the
event all day. They recited the different parts of the brain and
quizzed themselves on what they learned. Absolutely amazing
experience for the kids.
Truly does show you how much the brain means to the body. I learned
just how the brain sends signals and controls the body.
I learned a lot about the research being done on the brain and
what people are continuing to learn.
I learned about how the brain works and processes information. I
learned facts about the brain such as number of neurons, weight,
size comparison of male and female, differences between human and
animal brains and much more.
I see the benefit of being inspired by neuroscience and becoming
aware of all the interesting places it can take you. I am definitely