Discovering how the brain functions, grows and learns is a fun, engaging and memorable way to get children and youth excited about neuroscience. Knowledge about the structure and function of the brain, known as Brain Literacy, has many benefits to students. Students are empowered by learning that they can care for, strengthen and positively change their brains; that they can control stress, reduce anxiety and literally “build” a bigger brain; and that the brain, like muscle, responds to regular activity and interaction. These benefits begin with an awareness of the brain itself, its structures and its processes. The Brain Path provides children and youth an ideal experience for building brain awareness!
The Brain Path is a 3-D walk through the brain that uses gigantic visual displays to illustrate how the brain works and the key brain organs involved in learning. Customized to the developmental level of the children and youth participating, the Brain Path uses common, contemporary events to show participants how the brain processes social information, solves a math problem, remembers the lyrics to a favorite song, plays a video game and creates a work of art. Armed with this amazing knowledge, participants are taught how to best take care of her/his brain and where they can find even more fascinating brain-based information for their grade level. The Brain Path provides children and youth a unique opportunity to encounter the Amygdala, touch the Hippocampus and experience what life might be like without a Cerebellum—an event that they will remember and use far into the future!
This tour is offered to children in third grade or higher. For more information or to schedule a tour please click here.