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Brain Awareness Week

Found In: science, 6-8, 9-12

Brain Awareness Week (BAW), founded and coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and European Dana Alliance for the Brain, is March 16-22, 2020.

BAW is a worldwide celebration of the brain for people of all ages. The Dana Alliance has resources for kids (games, labs, brain maps, articles, and more) and educators (lesson plans, activities, science history, and news).

The Society for Neuroscience has partnered with the Dana Alliance for BAW and provides a number of useful resources: features a section for Educators with games, lesson plans, activities, articles, images, videos, and more.

Neuroscience for Kids provides a look at neuroscience and neuroscientists. Two sections examine the effects of drugs on the nervous system (including caffeine and chocolate) and neurological and mental disorders. This site seems to be aimed at students in grades 5-8.

Edheads has a surgery simulation called Deep Brain Stimulation that lets students in grades 7-12 assist a surgeon cut, probe and drill her way to helping her patient cope with Parkinson’s. Teachers must register to use this game.

And PBS has a companion website for its program The Secret Life of the Brain that includes a 3-D brain anatomy animation and a section on illusions. Note: The website is no longer maintained and some material and features may not be available.

All five episodes of The Secret Life of the Brain, (300 minutes) which examine the infant, child, adolescent, adult, and aging brain are available on YouTube.

Bennet Omalu, Concussions, and the NFL: How One Doctor Changed Football Forever An article about the forensic pathologist who investigated chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) brain damage suffered by professional football players and the basis for the movie Concussion. For a follow-up article, scroll to the bottom of the page.


Last updated February 6, 2018



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