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2018 Neuroscience for Kids Poetry Contest

Judging of the 2018 Neuroscience for Kids Poetry Contest has been completed and winners have been selected. A total of 361 poems from 23 states and 5 countries were received this year. Here are the winning poems:

Level: Kindergarten- Grade 2 (Poem, any style)
Author: Isha D.
"What makes you so important?" mind asked brain one day
Brain answered, "It is my work all day"
I make you happy and sad
I make you think good and bad
I make you smell
I make you tell
I make you feel the touch
I make you hear as such
I control everything in the body
I work all day happily!

Level: Grade 3-5 (Poem must rhyme)
Author: Elena F.
The brain is a web so sensitive and meek
Though it has so much knowledge to find and seek
The brain is a car it needs its fuel
8 hours of sleep it's the number one rule
Coffee, Tea! Why certainly not
The caffeine will just tie your receptors in a knot
Temporal, Occipital, Parietal, and Frontal
All of those lobes mold into a bundle
Touch, hearing, taste, smell, and sight
Each lobe lights them all up like a light

Level: Grade 6-8 (Poem must be haiku)
Author: Madhalasa I.
Gyrus and Sulci
with their bumps and grooves create
four lobes and more space

Level: Grade 9-12 (Poem must be a limerick.)
Author: Rachel R.
My brain determines each of my actions
It's often swayed by many attractions
Every move I make
Every step I take
Sets off a compulsive chain reaction

Level: Adults (Poem must rhyme)
Author: Natalie S.-J.
You are your brain, your brain is you, there are endless things your brain can do!
This big blob of matter allows you to think, 100 billion neurons fire fast than a blink.
It processes sights, it processes smells, it distinguishes the sound of drums from bells.
It allows you to taste, it allows you to touch, what else can it do? Oh, so much!
It gives you the power to think, move, and sense, though all of this comes at an ATP expense.
Made mainly of water and a whole lot of fat, it's out most complex organ, how amazing is that!
The language of the brain is the action potential, seemingly simple but so very essential.
The brain is quite amazing you see, but so much of the brain is a mystery.
So I study the brain and you should too, because these discoveries are up to you!

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. The poem must have at least three lines, but cannot be longer than 10 lines.

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. The poem must have at least three lines, but cannot be longer than 10 lines.

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. (Enter: "College and above" for Grade on the entry form.)

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

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