Now in its 24th year, Brain Awareness Week (March 11-17) is rapidly approaching, and this is the time for partners (and everyone) to take advantage of the free downloadable materials we have available on dana.org. Our printable fact sheets and puzzles make great handouts during this week-long celebration of the brain, as well for other neuroscience outreach events throughout the year. Our lesson plans offer ready-made activities for the classroom, to help inspire the next generation of neuroscientists.
On our Fact Sheets page, you’ll find information for adults on neuroscience topics including stroke, neurotransmission, the senses, learning and memory, neurodegenerative diseases, mental illness, addiction, and more. Our fact sheets for Kids cover topics such as how the brain works, exercise and the brain, brain development, and addiction. Most of these materials are also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and German.
Our lesson plans for Grades K through 8 (ages 5-14) include a presentation and fun activity or experiment for students to complete. Kids can learn how to build-a-brain, design an imaginary animal, make a pipe-cleaner neuron, and more.
For more downloadable resources, check out the Brain Awareness Week Tips and Resources page and Publications and Resources page. Stay tuned to this blog for more coverage of Brain Awareness Week 2019 and follow #BrainWeek and #BrainAwarenessWeek on social media.
– Amanda Bastone