The January 17 deadline for the Dana Foundation’s “Design a Brain Experiment Competition” is only a couple of months away. Last year we received some incredible experiments, topped off by the winning submission “Examining the Molecular Mechanism for the Behavioral Effects of Chronic Social Defeat on a Mouse Model” from Michaela Ennis at the Pingry School in New Jersey. We are eager to receive this year’s creative brain experiment ideas.
Submissions must test a hypothesis about the brain. The potential experiment can investigate any part of neuroscience, from teasing out its tiniest connections to looking at whole systems (i.e., people). You might design a study that examines the impact of concussions on the brain, or possible treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
Remember, students should not complete their experiments—it’s just the ideas we’re looking for—so get creative! Submit your best design by January 17 for a chance to win the first place prize of $500 or second place prize of $250. The winning experiments will be announced during Brain Awareness Week (March 11-17) and posted on the Dana Foundation website.
This competition is for U.S. high school students only and can be completed by individual students, groups, or even entire classrooms. However, all experiments must be submitted by a high school teacher, school official, or afterschool program coordinator. Each instructor is limited to five total submissions. For more information please refer to the competition’s full guidelines or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
– Simon Fischweicher