About This Event
Wheaton College faculty and students will join together with middle school students from the Boston Public Schools system to celebrate Brain Awareness Week (BAW). This virtual event offers an exciting opportunity for participating classrooms to Zoom in and rotate through an array of undergraduate student-facilitated neuroscience presentations. The event will begin with opening remarks about brain awareness week, the brain, and the benefits of brain and nervous system research before students engage with an interdisciplinary panel of faculty/researchers, who will discuss their work, careers in science, and student questions. Students will then be divided into groups and led through a series of fun, interactive activities and exhibitions. They will learn about neuroanatomy through the dissection of a sheep brain, build model neurons, and learn about tactile stimulation and the homunculus. Students will also explore the sensory systems that control the way we see and hear, visualize neurotransmission, and think of ways to boost brain health before concluding with meditation activities. After the workshop sessions, students will participate in a NeuroBee Kahoot! competition to test their knowledge, learn more about the brain, and expand their interest in neuroscience. The event will conclude with awards recognizing the NeuroBee winners.