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Neuroscience For Kids


Found In: science, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Neuroscience For Kids has experiments, activities, and games for students in grades 5-12 to learn about the nervous system. Some activities and games can be used with younger students. Areas covered include neuroscience, brain basics, the neuron, higher functions, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system, sensory systems, drug effects, and neurological and mental disorders. The site can be searched by keyword or browsed.

Poetry Contest

The 2014 Neuroscience for Kids Poetry Contest has three entry categories: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. See guidelines for specific grade level requirements. Entry forms can be downloaded in Word or PDF format. Entries must be received by February 1, 2014.

One section evaluates evidence for differences in male and female brains. He Brains, She Brains looks specifically at total brain size, the corpus callosum, and the hypothalamus. The section includes audio files for the pronunciation of anatomical terms and references to related articles.

Experiment includes activities, games, information, photographs, suggestions for successful science fair projects, CNS-related song lyrics, and lesson plans. One group of K-12 activities is a collection of on-line response time experiments. Experiment One provides five trials to calculate an average response time. Each lesson plan, for example, Our Chemical Senses: Olfaction has a teacher background resource, teacher guide, and student guide. Lessons are keyed to the Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

Questions/Answers anticipates many common brain or science related questions. Answers often provide links to offsite resources.

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