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March 11 - 17, 2013 is Brain Awareness Week
Use this opportunity to learn about your brain and the brain research that is being done at the University of Utah and around the world.
Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is an international campaign dedicated to advancing public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research.
Your Amazing Brain
You carry around a three-pound mass of wrinkly material in your head that controls every single thing you will ever do. Learn more from the National Geographic.
Online science resources for students, teachers, and parents.
Internet Tour of the Brain
Take a tour at the Exploratorium Web site. After the tour, spend five minutes listing everything that memory helps you with.
Brain Facts (pdf)
Brain Facts is a 52-page primer on the brain and nervous system, published by the Society for Neuroscience.
Probe the Brain
Visit this web page from PBS. Read the page, and then complete the probe activity.
- What did you notice as you were probing the brain?
- What were some of the body parts that twitched when you probed the brain.
- What is the brain probe activity trying to tell you?
This site has been created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.
Memory, a major exhibition at the Exploratorium, ran from May 22, 1998 through January 10, 1999.
Maintain Your Brain
Visit this web page created by the Alzheimer’s Association and discover four ways to make brain-healthy life choices.
Whole Brain Atlas
The Whole Brain Atlas is an information resource for central nervous system imaging.
and Why It Hurts
Read this short article. After the reading, answer these questions:
would happen if you couldn't feel pain?
does smell help you protect yourself? What about taste?
- Do you
know anyone who is hearing or sight impaired? What other senses
do they use to navigate their way through the world?
- Could you survive
if you had none of the five senses?
- What does your brain do with
the information it gets? (For instance if you taste something
bad, it tells you to spit the food out, if you hear a loud noise
it tells you to cover your ears.)
Brain is the Boss
Your brain is the boss of your body. It runs the show and controls just about everything you do, even when you're asleep. Not bad for something that looks like a big, wrinkly, gray sponge.
Create a Model of a Neuron
Use clay, recyclables, food or anything
else you can get your hands on to create a model of a neuron. Pictures from books and the Internet may help you get an idea of where the components of a neuron
should go and what shape they should be.
for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Heath (NIH), created this Web site to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse.
This series is designed to encourage young people in grades five through nine to learn about the effects of drug abuse on the body and the brain.
of Mental Health (NIMH)
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
Human Brain Map
Interactive tour that lets you explore different parts of your brain.
Awareness Week Lessons
These lesson ideas are intended to give teachers a head start in planning classroom activities during Brain Awareness Week.
[Grades 6 - 8]
Understand how the nervous system allows us to learn, remember, and cope with changes in the environment.
[Grades 6 - 12]
In this lesson, students learn about the advent of neuromarketing as a means to assess the effects of certain brands on the brain activity of prospective buyers.
Test your knowledge about the nervous system. The game is contained
in a PowerPoint file, therefore, your computer must have the ability
to read ppt files.
pictures to make a single word or phrase. Each word or phrase has
something to do with the nervous system.
Laughing Brain 2: A Good Laugh
- [Grades 9 - 12]
Explore various theories about laughter, laughter’s effects on our mental health, and the benefits of laughter to our immune system.
[Grades 9 - 12]
Students will map the region of the cortex which receives tactile input from the body.
Play these online interactive
games to help you learn about the
brain and nervous system. [The Shockwave plug-in is required.]
Students will learn about the structure of a neuron by constructing a model.
Reaction Time Experiments
fast are you? Test your response time using these reaction
Students will review the parts of the synapse and their functions by playing a game called "Synaptic Tag".
Wipe Out (pdf)
- [Grades 7- 12]
In support of the documentary Wipe Out, this lesson plan raises students' awareness of traumatic brain injuries.
Color Your Brain!
Color the parts of a neuron
the lobes of the brain
How easy is it to recognize faces when they are upside down? Find
out with this game.
Read the clue about the brain and then type a letter. Keep the man from being hanged.
Try this experiment, say the color, don't read the word.
How successful were you? Why do you think some people have trouble
with this activity?