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2014 writing contest

The 2014 Neuroscience for Kids Poetry Contest is NOW COMPLETE and winners have been selected!

Award Winning Poems

By Israella C. (Grade 1)
There is something exciting about your brain in your head.
It tells you when to get up and when to go to bed.
The brain is your thinker and
Loves when you tinker
With ideas and problems to solve or things to fix
The brain is the thing that really ticks.
By Reese W. (Grade 1)
Three pound of wrinkle,
Crammed in your skull.
One hundred billion neurons,
Science is never dull!
Memories, smells, ideas and pain
All come from your super, special brain!
By Addison M. (Grade 4)
My occipital lobe helps me to see,
the newly made milkshake made just for me.
My temporal lobe will help me to detect,
the sweet smell of strawberries and their effect.
My temporal lobe also helps me to hear,
the sounds of "slurp, slurp, slurp" in my ear.
My parietal lobe is saying "yum, yum, yum,"
But slow down a brain freeze will come.
My frontal lobe solves one last problem,
how to get the cherry off the bottom.
By Bracklinn W. (Grade 5)
A neuron is a brain cell,
A tiny part of a large group.
Billions of neurons get along well,
Resulting in a conscious loop.
Like a member of a bucket brigade,
Signals are sent along the line.
Jumping synapses in the crazy parade,
The pulses make up the brain of mine.
Oh humble neuron, you are so small.
But without you, I couldn't think at all!
By Ehren C. (Grade 3)
In a blink, each eye snaps a photo. Say "Cheese!"
It's upside down on the retina. "Fix it, please."
The picture is shredded into electrical parts,
Traveling through a web of neurons, like tiny darts.
The visual cortex processes what we see.
It assembles the signals, that's a guarantee!
The view from each eye together is mixed.
It is now right side up and fixed!
By Cooper L. (Grade 6)
My brain injury
Lost distracted confused sad
Life's puzzle won't fit.

By Aversa P. (Grade 8)
I'm twelve with SM
My brain thinks, reason, and dreams.
My voice is silent.
Note: SM = selective mutism
By Christina G. (Grade 8)
Alzheimer's disease
Comes and goes without a trace
Lost is mental grace
By Chloe D. (Grade 6)
Right and left in sync
Hemispheres communicate
They help you to think.

By Colton C. (Grade 10)
The occipital lobe gives you vision
It helps you see things with precision
Without it you'd be
A blind man who can't see
And constantly risk a collision.
Nancy H. (Grade 9)
The brain is a valuable instrument
And if used can solve any predicament
It contains synapses and nerves
All the body's functions it serves
Proving that it is truly magnificent.
By Alexander L. (Grade 10)
An artist had hemispatial neglect
It was quite the inconvenient defect
His painting wasn't quite right
The right side was just pure white
Oh well, at least the left half was perfect.

By Baishali R. (Adult)
Flow of current like a spark
Action potential, like light through dark
Passing through the nerves
Making all the verves;
All our sensation
By this conversation;
Dancing ions' brilliance
The core of our existence.

Here were the contest rules:

If you are in Kindergarten to Grade 2, your poem can be in any style; it doesn't even have to rhyme.

If you are in Grade 3 to Grade 5, your poem must rhyme. You can rhyme the last words on lines one and two; the last words on lines three and four, etc. or you can choose your own pattern.

If you are in Grade 6 to Grade 8, your poem must be in the form of a haiku. A haiku has only THREE lines. Also, haiku MUST use the following pattern: 5 syllables in the first line; 7 syllables in the second line; 5 syllables in the third line.

Example Haiku:
Three pounds of jelly
wobbling around in my skull
and it can do math.

If you are in Grade 9 to Grade 12, your poem must be in the form of a limerick. A limerick has 5 lines; lines one, two and five rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables; lines three and four rhyme with each other and have the same number of syllables.

Example Limerick
The brain is important, that's true,
For all things a person will do,
From reading to writing,
To skiing to biting,
It makes up the person who's you.

If you are a college student, teacher, parent or someone else, your poem must rhyme and explain why it is important to learn about the brain.

Dr. Eric H. Chudler
Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
1414 NE 42nd St., Box 37
Seattle, WA 98105-6271

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