Brain Awareness Week brings tweens and teens to UCLA campus
As part of its Brain Awareness Week, the UCLA Brain Research Institute will welcome local middle and high school students to campus to learn a little science and — eek! — touch a human brain.
For these students, Brain Awareness Week provides a fun, interactive education about the brain and the body's nervous system. UCLA's undergraduate and graduate neuroscience students will provide educational activities, demonstrations about the brain, career/mentoring workshops, and lab and campus tours, with an emphasis on understanding the importance of the brain and to inspire interest in science and higher education.
9 a.m.–1:45 p.m., March 10–14
Activities will take place at various sites on campus, beginning at the Gonda (Goldschmied) Neuroscience and Genetics Research Center (695 Charles Young Dr. South — map).
Ellen M. Carpenter, UCLA professor of psychiatry and faculty adviser for the week's events, and Nick Hardy, a graduate student and Brain Awareness Week organizer, will be available for press interviews.
Each day will begin with a series of informational stations designed to provide participants with basic information about human brains, cells, structure and the senses, and will then branch out with visits to research labs and a campus tour. The program will allow low-income students from the community to visit UCLA, learn about research firsthand and hopefully inspire them to pursue higher education and a career in science. Lastly, the program will bring undergraduates, graduate students and faculty together to foster outreach collaborations and raise awareness of careers in the neurosciences.