Welcome to the Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
In this issue:
Neuroscience for Kids had several new additions in June including:
A. June Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter was archived
B. New Neuroscience in the News
The Neuroscience for Kids "Site of the Month" for July is "BrainWaves" at:
BrainWaves is a program developed at New York University (NYU) for students and teachers who want to learn about neuroscience. Although the program is designed for specific participating schools, the lessons and materials are available for everyone to use.
The BrainWaves lessons can be found in the "CURRICULUM" link where you find 23 different lessons covering how neurons work, how different parts of the nervous system work together and how the brain interacts with the world. The lessons have PowerPoint presentations, videos, student guides and teacher handouts. Some special equipment, such as SpikerBoxes, is needed for some of the lessons, but many of the lessons can be done with materials that are easy to find.
The BrainWaves web site has a link to a "BrainWaves Journal" where people can publish their work about science education, but I could not find the actual journal to read any articles. I also found a few broken links throughout the site, but overall, BrainWaves is an excellent resource for students and teachers interested in neuroscience.
The International Neuroethics Society/International Youth Neuroscience Association Neuroethics Essay Contest has an entry deadline of July 10, 2020:
The DO-IT Center and Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) at the University of Washington will sponsor a five-day summer program for neurodiverse students (defined as those with academic challenges related to conditions such as dyspraxia, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyscalculia, autism spectrum disorder, and Tourette syndrome). Students will receive an introduction to neuroscience and neural engineering, neuroethics, and scientific communication and will learn about research in CNT laboratories. The goal is to provide students with exposure to the field of neural engineering and provide basic preparation for college studies in STEM subjects. Applicants must currently be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior in Washington State. Applications for the 2020 summer program are now available. The program will run online from August 10-14 (10am-1:30pm), with continued activities throughout the school year. There is no cost to students accepted into this program. For more information, contact Scott Bellman, CNT staff member (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Read more about the program and find an application at:
A. "Let's Make Some Memories" by Alex Orlando (DISCOVER magazine, July/August, 2020).
B. The July 2020 issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND magazine has articles about free will, mental illness, Alzheimer's disease and more.
C. The July-August, 2020, issue of AMERICAN SCIENTIST is titled "Inside Your Creative Mind" with articles "Mapping the Creative Mind" by Roger E. Beaty and Yoed N. Kenett, "What Parkinson's Reveals About the Artistic Spark" by Matthew Pelowski, Blanca T. M. Spee, Alby Richard, Paul Krack, and Bastiaan R. Bloem, and "When the Answer Comes in a Dream" by Deirdre Barrett.
Visit these real places!
A. Eat your favorite frozen treats at Brain Freeze Ice Cream Parlor in Moorestown, New Jersey.
B. Get a book at Brain Lairs Books in South Bend, Indiana.
C. Fishing gear available at Fishbrain, Inc. in Naperville, Illinois.
D. Find toys at Cogs The Brain Shop in Dublin, Ireland.
E. Rest up at Bed & Brains in Frankfurt, Germany.
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