Community Neuroscience: How to Teach Brain Science to Kids

In the newest episode of our “Community Neuroscience” video series, Eric Chudler, Ph.D., offers his advice on how to make neuroscience fun and engaging to young kids. Chudler is executive director of the Center for Neurotechnology at the University of Washington, where he conducts research related to how the brain processes information from the senses. Outside of the lab, he works with teachers to develop educational materials to help K-12 students learn about the brain and its functions and has been involved in neuroscience outreach for more than 20 years.

In addition to his longtime running Neuroscience For Kids website, Chudler’s most recent outreach endeavor is a video series called “BrainWorks” (produced with partner support from the Dana Foundation). The second episode, on exercise and the brain, landed him a Northwest Emmy Award!


Check back for next week’s episode, featuring two outreach all-stars from the west coast who created their own robust, neuroscience non-profit to excite young people about science, art, and learning about the brain.

Neuroscience Presented with Creative Flair

Creativity (2).jpgWith Brain Awareness Week just over one week away, there are all kinds of contests taking place to help spread the word about the importance of brain research. Some combine creative flair with neuroscience to produce impressive results!

Last September, we announced the winners of the 2015 Brain Awareness Video Contest, sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). The contest asks participants to “explain a neuroscience concept so that a broad audience can understand the wonders of the brain and mind.” Continue reading

Kids and Sport-Related Concussions

People who play football have a higher number of concussions than those who play any other sport. Which comes second?

  1. Girl’s soccer
  2. Boy’s wrestling
  3. Boy’s ice hockey.

Well, you’ll have to watch the new BrainWorks video about kids and sports-related concussions to hear the answer.  I know, not fair, but trust me, it’s a great video!

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2014 Neuroscience for Kids Poetry Contest

February is National Poetry Month (you might remember we held a brain-themed poetry contest back in 2011) and the Neuroscience for Kids team at the University of Washington is holding its annual poetry contest. There are different categories for different ages, but kids from kindergarten through high school can enter. For example, grades six to eight must submit a haiku, with the example given:

Three pounds of jelly
wobbling around in my skull
and it can do math.

Check out the Neuroscience for Kids website for the rules and entry form.

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