Teaching Neuroscience and the Brain for Kids

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Science of the Brain: How the Mind Works

It may seem like the Internet has an overwhelming number of links but it’s really quite simple compared to the human brain, which has roughly 1,000 trillion connections—about the same as the number of leaves on all the trees in a rainforest. Use the Science of the Brain Web Guide to get a head start.

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The Brain and Neuroscience Basics

The U.S. government declared the 1990s the “Decade of the Brain,” and the amount and ... read more »

The Structure and Functions of the Brain

There is such a wealth of information on the Internet on the topics of neuroanatomy (brain ... read more »

Neuroscience and Brain Research

Although scientists are only beginning to scratch the surface, new technologies are helping to ... read more »

Neuroscience and Brain Blogs

There are numerous neuroscience and brain blogs on the Web, many of which ... read more »

Teaching Neuroscience and the Brain for Kids

More and more teachers—from elementary to college level—are posting their curricula online, turning the Internet into a huge database of educational resources. Whether you need sample lesson plans, assignments or exams, or ideas for labs and projects, teaching neuroscience and the brain for kids is easy with help from the Web.

Insights for Teaching Neuroscience and the Brain for Kids

  • Don’t be too quick to dismiss activities that appear to be just for fun. Many suggestions—such as making edible neurons and playing synaptic tag—can teach students a lot about the brain and enable them to grasp complex concepts such as the role of neurotransmitters, enzymes and dendrites.
  • Be aware of your audience if you’ll be using brain images for a lecture or presentation. MRI scans might be very useful when shown at a professional conference, but of little interest to young school students. Use particular discretion when displaying images of cadaver brains, which may be considered unethical and offensive to some individuals.

Top Sites for Teaching Neuroscience and the Brain for Kids

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Improving Brain Fitness and Health

With life expectancy on the rise, it’s becoming increasingly important to preserve cognitive ... read more »

Buying Neuroscience Books and Brain Resources

There are neuroscience books about the brain for laymen, students, scientists and researchers; ... read more »

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