For schools located within reasonable driving distance of Iowa City, we offer classroom/school visits to encourage participation and engagement in the Iowa Brain Bee. Neuroscience graduate students can visit to talk about the Brain Bee and various neuroscience topics. Sessions are interactive and engaging, and can include topics ranging from the makeup of brain cells, sensory perception, neuroanatomy, learning and memory, and more. Presentations are tailored to grade level and size of the group, and can be modified to fit current course curriculum (e.g. biology, psychology, or advanced topics).
A typical classroom visit includes:
Introduction to visitors, their research, and the Brain Bee
Mirror tracing activity: in this fun and interactive activity, students learn about types of memory, and which brain areas are important for different aspects of memory.
Comparative neuroanatomy: students view brain specimens from different animals and learn about the similarities and differences in the brains, and how that translates to similarities and differences in animal behavior.
Benefits of school visits include:
Introducing students to neuroscience in a fun and engaging way
Learning more about the Brain Bee competition and day events
Giving student the opportunity to meet with neuroscientists and ask about science careers
To inquire about availability and request a visit, please contact the Neuroscience Graduate Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BrainFacts: A Primer in the Brain and Nervous System, published by the Society for Neuroscience, is the official study guide of the Brain Bee. Educators may request one free hardcopy of BrainFacts.
Frontiers for Young Minds is an open-access scientific journal written by scientists and reviewed by kids and teens, which ensures high quality scientific content, fosters curiosity, and helps engage the next generation of citizens and scientists. Its open-access design means all text and images are freely available.
Science News for Students is an award-winning publication dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to learners, parents, and educators.
Additional Neuroscience Opportunities
International Youth Neuroscience Association Summer Opportunities 2022.
IYNA is an organization designed to promote neuroscience education opportunities in the classroom and through mentorship. Summer and volunteer opportunities are listed in the attached flyer, but more information is available on their website (https://youthneuro.org/).
International Brain Bee Medical Neuroscience Internship 2022. Available for 9th-12th grade students (including graduating seniors). A seven day neuroscience research initiative to give students the opportunity to conduct a variety of neuroscience experiments with mentorship along the process. Competing in the local or national 2022 Brain Bee makes students eligible for scholarships to cover part of the cost of this internship. Please see the flyer for more information!
Neuroscience Internship 2022
International Brain Bee Public Health Internship 2022. Available for 9th-12th grade students (including graduating seniors). A course designed for students to learn more about patient diagnosis and collaborate with program experts to create an educational campaign for public health information. Competing in the local or national 2022 Brain Bee makes students eligible for scholarships to cover part of the cost of this internship. Please see the flyer for more information!
Public Health Internship 2022
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