As students head into their first weeks of the school year, another round of the Design a Brain Experiment competition is upon us! We’re challenging high school students in the U.S. to use their knowledge of the brain and the scientific method of inquiry to develop innovative ideas and theories about the human brain. These original experiments should be designed to test creative theories about daily brain activity, brain disorders and diseases, and brain functions. However, students should not complete their experiments; they should view these submissions as research proposals rather than completed research.
Students can go it alone (though proposals must be submitted through a teacher), or whole classrooms can combine brain power to submit one proposal. For more details, please refer to our competition guidelines.
In the past six years, winning submissions have tackled topics such as Alzheimer’s disease, bacterial meningitis, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and anxious behavior. Submissions are due January 11, 2017, and the first and second place winners will be announced during Brain Awareness Week (March 13-19, 2017), and featured on our website and social media. Not to mention…cash prizes! Students will compete for a $500 first place prize and a $250 runner up prize to be awarded to the winning schools or sponsoring nonprofit institutions.
We look forward to seeing what creative experiments this year’s crop of students come up with. Please help us spread the word!
– Ann L. Whitman