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Highschoolers use Backyard Brains tools to perform DIY Neuroscience Research at Rockefeller’s Summer Neuroscience Program

Last summer, we shared details about how the Summer Neuroscience Program at Rockefeller helped make an impact on a group of high schoolers from different backgrounds across NYC.

The Summer Neuroscience Program (SNP) is self-described as “a two-week course aimed at introducing talented and enthusiastic high school students to the brain,” but could more affectionately be described as summer neuroscience camp!

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8th Grade Students teach and present Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering to the STEM-ED Community!

Many educators we work with travel to conferences and trainings around their home states and countries, and a few of them even take students! Amy Farkas, from Riverview Michigan, (Read more about her class here) took her 8th graders this past year to a handful of conferences to bring what they’ve learned to the real world. At the conferences, the students presented their work and research to other students, educators, and professionals.

We spoke with Amy to hear about the experience and the impact that neuroscience outreach had on the students. For more about her work in the classroom this past year, check out our other blog post:

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

As always, she tweeted the whole process and this time many other educators tweeted their experience with the students too!

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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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