Autumn is here, which means the countdown for the Dana Foundation’s “Design a Brian Experiment” competition has officially begun. Have you started thinking about ideas to submit for the competition? Don’t worry if not—there’s still time!
If you are in high school and have an interest in science, this is a great opportunity to think creatively and come up with your very own proposed experiment. While the experiment should be well thought-out and thoroughly researched, it does not have to be completed.
High schoolers, start your engines! For the fifth year in a row, the Dana Foundation is sponsoring its “Design a Brain Experiment” competition for teenagers across the country. This is an exciting opportunity for high school students to challenge themselves and come up with their very own brain-related experiment.
The January 17th deadline for the Dana Foundation’s “Design a Brain Experiment Competition” is only a few months away. Last year we received some incredible experiments, topped off by the winning submission, “The Use of Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors in the Treatment of Schizophrenia,” from Charltien Long of the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California. We’re eager to see what creative ideas are proposed this year.
Submissions must test a hypothesis about the brain. The proposed 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.
Think back to your high-school days: How did you spend your weekends? Did you debate neuroethics cases, learn about neural plasticity, or talk to scientists about the mating behaviors of African frogs?
For a group of motivated high-schoolers from New York City (and a few suburbs), this is exactly how they’ve spent two weekends this year to prepare for the NYC regional Brain Bee.