Enter the 2017 Design a Brain Experiment Competition

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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.

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Dana’s Design a Brain Experiment Competition Is Back!

The January 16th deadline for the Dana Foundation’s annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition is only one month away. Get busy! We are excited to read all the creative ideas for brain experiments. Last year we received some incredible submissions, led by the winning proposal, “Investigating the implications of specific inhibition of ß-amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease” from Gopika Hari of Cupertino High School in Cupertino, California.

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Design a Brain Experiment Competition Reminder

The January 16 deadline for the Dana Foundation’s annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition will be here before you can say amygdala. If you haven’t started working on your submission, it’s time to get busy! The 2014 competition featured some incredible submissions, led by the winning proposal, “Investigating the implications of specific inhibition of ß-amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease,” from Gopika Hari of Cupertino High School in Cupertino, California.

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Design a Brain Experiment Competition Is Back!

The Dana Foundation is asking U.S. high school students to submit their most creative brain experiment ideas to the fourth annual Design a Brain Experiment Competition. The 2014 competition featured some incredible submissions, led by the winning proposal, “Investigating the implications of specific inhibition of  ß-amyloid in Alzheimer’s disease,” from Gopika Hari of Cupertino High School in Cupertino, California.FB-Icon-FINAL

Submissions must test an idea about the brain. Beyond that criterion, they can do anything from examining the effects of art on the adolescent brain to exploring alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Students should not complete their experiments, so be creative!

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It’s Brain Awareness Week! Where to go, what to read, what to do

If you read our blog, you’re sure to know that this week is Brain Awareness Week! Coordinated by the Dana Foundation, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

This year, hundreds of events are planned worldwide; check out the Dana Alliance’s International Calendar of Events to look for activities in your area. For our New York readers, be sure to also visit the braiNY website for family lab fairs and workshops, as well as lectures and storytelling. Our staff will be reporting on a number of the New York events on this blog, so stay tuned.

The Dana Foundation homepage this week features special BAW interviews and announcements. Every day, we’ll be posting a new BAW partner interview, which offer great tips on planning science-based events. Today’s Q&A is with Andrea Schierkolk, public programs manager for the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Maryland, which collaborates with universities, government agencies, and hospitals to present a week-long brain-centric program for middle school students. Of the many fun and creative interactive activities, the perpetual favorite is “The Drunken Brain,” presented by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

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