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History of Neuroscience
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Neuroscience Laboratory and Classroom Activities - produced for use in high schools by the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Society for Neuroscience. The entire handbook is posted on the web in ".pdf" format. That means you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software) to read and /or print the activities (which are complete with diagrams and data sheets). It may take a while for some of the .pdf files to load, but this handbook is well worth downloading - and using! There are twelve laboratories in the handbook:
 

Hearing in the dark
What else do ears do?
What's the connection?
Neural processing activity
"Rewiring" the brain
Do you get the point?
No pain, no gain
Stress and the nervous system
Olfactory fatigue and memory
Action potential - Epilepsy
Reaction time and neural circuitry
Is seeing believing?

In addition to extensively documented laboratories, the guide also contains important information on how the laboratories were developed and how best to use them.  For example, pages 17-19 of the introduction provide information on how to use the "learning cycle" (i.e., exploration, concept/term introduction, application) to teach science concepts. Pages 19-20 contain advice on how to modify the labs to accommodate students with different abilities. Appendix-B contains guidelines for scientists preparing activities for high school students.

 

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Improving Your Child's Thinking Skills - family education.com provides an easily digestible  list of six major thinking skills (i.e., knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation) and what you can do to help a person improve those skills. Basically it comes down to learning how to ask questions in a way that stimulates various thought processes. The list was prepared by The Council for Exceptional Children.
 

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Puzzlemaker - Create your own crossword puzzles, mazes, word searches, cryptograms and more!  The Discovery Channel School host's this puzzle and game generation tool on their website.  Very cool! Very fun! Very useful! 

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Puzzles, Word Searches, Word Scrambles and more for adults and children.  Download, print, and pass out these neuroscience-based activities produced by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives to help celebrate Brain Awareness Week. (This site requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader but provides links to help you download and install this software if it's not already installed on your computer.) 
 


PROGRAM COMPETITIONS

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  • International Brain Bees - An annual "Questions and Answer" competition about neuroscience for high school students. Local Brain Bees take place in January , February and early March of each year.  The National Competition is held in Washington DC during Brain Awareness Week. Information on past bees and how to establish a Brain Bee in your area is available on the Society for Neuroscience Brain Awareness Week site. 
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  • Think Quest Internet Challenge - The ThinkQuest Internet Challenge is an international program for students ages 12 through 19 that encourages them to use the Internet to create information-rich Web-based educational tools and materials. Awards are handed out across five categories: Arts & Literature, Science & Mathematics, Social Sciences, Sports & Health and Interdisciplinary.

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  • Think Quest Junior - ThinkQuest Junior is a classroom-based competition that encourages girls and boys in grades 4-6 to take a meaningful interest in computers and technology. ThinkQuest Junior teams create educational Web sites on a variety of subjects. More than $250,000 in cash, and awards are given to winning students, teachers and their schools.  
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Exploratorium Memory Website - The Memory Exhibit was held at the Exploratorium in San Francisco from May 22, 1998 - January 10, 1999.  But the exhibit lives on indefinitely in the form of the Exploratorium's "memory" website which is well worth visiting.  Here's a sampling of activities this site provides: 

  • Don't Forget! Playing Games with Memory:  Complete instructions on how to conduct four games that involve your memory: 1) Memory Solitaire,  2) Tell Yourself a Story, 3) Wander Around Your House, and 4) The Memory Party Game.

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  • Listen to famous researchers talk about their work on memory.  This lecture series was part of the Memory Exhibit at the Exploratorium.  You can "attend" these lectures too by listening to the archives of these "webcasts" over the internet.  You'll need the Real Audio Player plug-in; the quality of the audio is very good. 

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    Dr. Jonathan Schooler - "Words Get in the Way: A Tasteful Exploration." Originally presented December 6th, 1998. 

    Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and Dr. Jonathan Schooler - "Memory Myths, Malleabilities, and Madness: A Question of Trauma, Truth, and Testimony." Originally presented December 2nd, 1998. 

    Dr. Robert Sapolsky - "Stress and Memory: Forget It!" Originally presented November 18, 1998. 

    Dr. Alison Gopnik - "I Knew It When I Was a Little Tiny Baby: How Children's Memory Differs from Ours." Originally presented November 11, 1998.

    Dr. Arthur Shimamura - "Memory, Aging, and the Brain." Originally presented November 4, 1998.

    Lewis Hyde - "Remembering and Forgetting." Originally presented June 17, 1998.

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Mind over Matter: How Does the Brain Work - This is a Discovery Channel School Classroom Activity geared toward high school students (9-12) and expected to last 3-4 classroom hours. 

The objectives of this lesson are to 1) Ask questions that uncover various aspects of how the brain works, 2) Research previous attempts by scientists to answer these same questions, using both print and online resources, 3) Devise an experiment that sheds some scientific light on the questions, and 4) Present their findings to the entire class in the form of an illustrated oral report or multimedia presentation.

The lesson plan is quite complete as to what students should be asked and are expected to accomplish.  So that students have a concrete example of what the instructor means by "experiment," students participate in a "Listening Comprehension Experiment" Before they begin to design their own experiment(s).  Complete instructions and audio files for the experiment are included on the Discovery Channel Website.
 

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Medical Ethics - Where Do You Draw the Line? - Part of the Annenberg/CPB Project Exhibits Collection.  An online activity designed to augment the content of video programming (e.g., the "Ethics in America" series).  In this exhibit, you will learn about the complicated ethical questions raised by current advances in medical research.  Choose a real-life scenario -- living with cancer, understanding cloning or handling headaches -- and take part in the medical ethics decision making process.
 

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Gene School '99 - a comprehensive, educational site for students and educators exploring the fascinating innovations and discoveries of genetic science.  Part of the ThinkQuest library, this site covers the fundamentals of genetic science, its applications, and has plenty of experiments, interviews, and games activities to stimulate exploration and learning. 

Think Quest Library Search:   Go here to search the ThinkQuest library for websites created by students about the brain and nervous system. (Type "brain" or "neuroscience" in the search form.)  But beware! This site is often difficult to navigate because students tend to use lots of superfluous bells and whistles on their sites and advertisements clutter the screen.
 

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GLOSSARIES, VOCABULARY, LISTS OF DEFINITIONS

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SOME RESEARCH RESOURCES

Educational Resources Information Clearinghouses - presented by the National Library of Education

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PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's search service that provides access to over 10 million citations in MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, and other related databases, with links to participating online journals.

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Combined Health Information Database (CHID) - Health promotion and education materials and program descriptions that are not indexed elsewhere. New records are added quarterly and current listings are checked regularly. There are 17 subfiles to the searchable database. At least six of them contain neuroscience related materials: Epilepsy Education and Prevention Activities, Health Promotion and Education, Medical Genetics / Rare Disorders, Disease Prevention / Health Promotion, Alzheimer's Disease, Deafness and Communications Disorders.
 

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This page contains links to websites useful to educators, scientists, and parents interested in helping K-12 students learn more about the brain, nervous system, and neuroscience research.  If you know of a website you think should be considered for this list, please contact Deborah Colbern, Ph.D. at BEEMNET with your suggestions.  Please note: The appearance of a website on this list in not intended to be an endorsement of the organizations or persons who produced the site nor an affirmation of the information contained therein.

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