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8th Grade Classroom Showcase: Students Develop Neuroprosthetics Designed to Assist Senior Citizens, Win State-Wide Awards

Last school year we worked with teachers across the country to help bring real, meaningful neuroscience lessons into their classrooms. From 5th grade to university, educators and students loved learning about how the brain works, how we study the brain, and how we engineer devices that can be controlled by the brain!

One educator, in particular, had a compelling project for her students.

You might remember Middle School STEM educator Amy Farkas from a featured blog post last summer: A 7th Grade STEM Classroom’s Neuroscience Adventure

If we had to sum up our experience working with Amy in one tweet, I think this would be appropriate:

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Brains! 7th Grade Teacher Training at UChicago Brings Neuroscience to Middle Schoolers

This past summer, we worked with teachers and educators during a number of workshops to help empower them to bring DIY Neuroscience to their classrooms. One workshop, hosted by one of our colleagues at University of Chicago, brought Backyard Brains tools and training to 7th grade teachers in the Chicago area.

Taken from the National Center of Brain Mapping Site (who helped make this training possible!):

“Hands-on Training : During this fun four-day workshop, middle school teachers will learn a hands-on, inquiry based curriculum all about sensing and the brain. Teachers will work in collaborative teams and have opportunities to adapt activities to their unique classroom environments. The curriculum is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Engaging University of Chicago scientists will present basic “Neuroscience 101” instruction as well as hot new topics in neuroscience research.”

To learn more about the event, you can read about it on the NCBM website here.

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Summer Neuroscience Workshop Empowers Educators to Teach Brain Science!

Recently we hosted a teacher training workshop in San Diego, featuring some of our newest tools and some new pedagogical strategies!

The focus was on the Muscle SpikerBox ProReaction Timer, and Reflex Hammer, which you can see featured in this TEDx Detroit Talk.

We received a lot of great feedback, and as part of our “open-source” nature of our company, we consider it a “Duty to Disclose” some of this feedback! Nothing held back, here is the bad, the good, the ugly, and the good again!


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