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2024 Neuroscience for Kids Poetry Contest

The 2024 Neuroscience for Kids Poetry Contest is now closed! Entries were due on February 1. Judging has been completed.

Some of the winning poems:

Teagan D. (Kindergarten)
It is very important to grow your brain.
If you do not use your brain
You do not do good in class.
Busy boxes are my favorite (and brain breaks, too)
Resting my head down on my desk
Always playing at recesss and in the calm room
I have an idea. A good idea!
Never talking during quiet time
I get smarter and smarter every single day
When I use my brain!
Alex K. (4th grade)
In my skull, a universe spins,
Where logic reigns and chaos begins,
Neurons fire, sparking bright,
In the theater of mind, I take flight.
A symphony of thought, a cosmic dance,
In this brain of mine, I'll take my chance.
For in the labyrinth of my mind's design,
Endless wonders, I shall find.
Amos R. (6th Grade)
Brains are like forest,
Tree-shaped neurons signaling
Messages of life
Milo S. (10th Grade)
Your memory helps you know what to do,
Process the past, or remember a clue;
think of a face,
route to a place,
Or even recall if something is new.

Alena C. (12th Grade)
The brain, such a curious thing,
Full of thoughts and ideas that it brings,
It's such a delight,
And loves to excite,
To your body and head it's the king.
Poushali D. (Adult)
To learn new things
Truly comprehend the link
Between the physical brain
Helps train.
To remember things
Understand how the brain creates new thoughts.
Understanding will help us connect the dots.
Take some time to understand.
Cause your brain is a whole new land!

Here were the 2024 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 Neurotechnology; Box 352355
Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering
3800 E Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195

You can also email your entry as an email attachment to Dr. Eric Chudler, but you still must use the official entry form. A photograph or scan of the entry form is fine, but make sure that that all words can be read.

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