EDUCATION RESOURCES on the brain and brain research for scientists, teachers, parents, and students. Are we missing your favorite brain-related education resource? Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE DANA FOUNDATION
BrainyKids: Online science resources for students, teachers, and parents, including games, labs, science fair ideas, brain maps, lesson plans, and more.
The Mindboggling Workbook: A fun-filled activity book about the brain for children in grades K-3 (ages 5-9) including how the brain works, what it brain does, and how to take care of it.
It’s Mindboggling!: A fun booklet of games, riddles, and puzzles about the brain, perfect for elementary and middle school students. Available for download in several languages.
More Mindbogglers!: This addition to It’s Mindboggling! takes a closer look at learning and memory, the senses, drug addiction, and how the brain and nervous system work…still in a fun format.
Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research: A pamphlet with answers to commonly asked questions about the brain, for middle school through adult.
Brain Books for Budding Scientists—and All Children: From Dana’s Cerebrum journal, an article surveying the best neuroscience books for children.
Dana Alliance Lending Library: A collaboration between the Alliance and selected university neuroscience departments. Brain and neuron models, posters, and related educational materials are provided to the universities for outreach education in the local community.
OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
From Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
: A public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience, dedicated to sharing information about the wonders of the brain and mind, engaging the public in dialogue about brain research, and dispelling common "neuromyths."
: A primer on the brain and nervous system, designed for a lay audience. A valuable educational resource for secondary school teachers and students.
NIH Office of Science Education (US only): science- and health-related curriculum supplements and educational resources for all grade levels, including a comprehensive section devoted to the brain and nervous system.
Neuroscience for Kids: Created by Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D. (University of Washington). In-depth information about the brain, spinal cord, neurons, and the senses; experiments, activities and games; articles and books of interest; a free e-newsletter; and more. Portions of the site are available in several languages.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Science news and resources for educators, students, and kids and parents.
BAM! Body and Mind: Information, games, and lesson plans focused on a wide range of childrens' health topics, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Educational Outreach: Featuring “BrainLink” educational materials for grades 4-7, created by educators, scientists, and health specialists at Baylor.
The Brain Museum: Images and information from one of the world's largest collection of brains, from over 175 species, including brain evolution, development, and function.
The Brain Question: From the University of Washington in Seattle. Ask any question about the brain and have it answered.
Brains Rule: Resources for students and teachers, including games, quizzes, a “Meet a Brain Whiz” feature, lesson plans, and links to additional resources.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute BioInteractive: Free resources for science teachers and students including videos, animation, a virtual museum, lectures, virtual labs, and much more.
The Brain from Top to Bottom: From the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, offering (in French and English) information to students of all levels about the senses, memory, pleasure and pain, and mental disorders.
Cyber Museum of Neurosurgery: An interactive online “museum” charting the history of neurosurgery.
The International Brain Bee Competition: an international live competition of neuroscience knowledge for high school students.
Kids Health: health-related resources for children, teens, and parents, including games and experiments, a medical glossary, recipes for healthy foods kids can make, a page dedicated to the brain and nervous system, and more. In English and Spanish.
Association for Science Education (ASE), UK: the UK’s professional association for science teachers. Resources include science journals and other materials.
The Wellcome Trust (UK): Resources to help promote contemporary science in the curriculum and to engage students in biomedical science.
The Royal Institution of Great Britain: teacher resources including educational games and teachers’ notes on anatomy, DNA, biodiversity, and more.
The listing of an organization’s site does not imply endorsement by the Dana Foundation, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, or the European Dana Alliance for the Brain.
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