Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
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In this issue:1. What's New at Neuroscience for Kids
A. August Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. Sidewalk Cells http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/sidecells.html
In August, 12 new figures and 25 pages were modified.
Project Neuron is a web site filled with fun (and educational) lessons, games and activities to learn about neuroscience. Teachers can use curriculum units in the classroom such as lessons about vision, stem cells, circadian rhythms, traumatic brain injury, toxins, and the effects of drugs on the nervous system. Students can get ideas from these lessons to use in science fair projects. There are also plenty of online games to play too. For example, try the brain quiz to test your knowledge about neuroanatomy or build an eye. For a really challenging activity, play the mirror tracing game to see how you can retrain your brain.
The Project Neuron program was developed by Barbara Hug, Donna Korol and
George Resse at the University of Illinois and funded by a Science
Education Partnership Award from the National Center For Research
Resources at the National Institutes of Health.
So I started to look for more neurons embedded into sidewalks and found more. Sure, some people gave me strange looks as I was examining the sidewalk, but I didn't care.
What do you think? Do these cracks look like neurons to you? See:
See the teachers at the workshop at:
Learn more about the Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience program at:
Submissions must test an idea about the brain, and topics can range from treatments for traumatic brain injury to the effects of television on early childhood brain development. Students should not complete their experiment, only design it, so be creative!
For competition guidelines, please see:
More than 3,600 grants of up to $700 will be awarded in January 2014. The field trips must take place between February and December 2014. The funds can cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.
Education professionals who are at least 18 years old and employed by an accredited K-12 public, private, or charter school in the U.S. that maintains 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status are eligible to apply. Educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff at these institutions must be willing to plan and execute a field trip that will provide a demonstrable learning experience for students.
For more details and an application form, please visit:
B. "Why Does Food Taste So Delicious" by Michael Moyer and "Is Obesity an Addiction" by Paul J. Kenny (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, September, 2013 issue).
C. "These 'Bots are Made for Walking" by Stephen Piazza discusses helping people with movement disabilities relearn skills and "The Evolution of Eyeglasses" by Henry Petroski; both articles in AMERICAN SCIENTIST, September-October, 2013).
D. "The Insane and Exciting Future of the Bionic Body" by Geoff Brumfiel (SMITHSONIAN magazine, September. 2013).
E. "'Plasticity Pill' Could Rewire Brain to Treat Autism and
Schizophrenia" by Kenneth Miller (DISCOVER magazine, October, 2013).
B. American singer Linda Ronstadt announced last month that she has Parkinson's disease.
C. In 1596, Sir Walter Raleigh mentioned arrow poison in his book titled "Discovery of the Large, Rich and Beautiful Empire of Guiana."
D. Constanzo Varolio named the part of the brain known as the pons in 1573.
E. Oligodendroglia are cells that provide insulation (myelin) to neurons
in the central nervous system. Schwann cells provide insulation (myelin)
to neurons in the peripheral nervous system.
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Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D.