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New York, NY, March 7, 2017—This year’s international Brain Awareness Week (March 13-19) celebrates 22 years of connecting children, scientists, families, and their greater communities with the field of neuroscience. During the campaign week, students around the world will have opportunities to tour research labs, compete in brain-related art contests and competitions, and attend fairs with interactive activities—such as holding a real brain—that aim to educate and inspire.
Coordinated by the Dana Foundation, more than 450 events are currently registered for this year’s campaign, all of which can be found on the International Calendar of Events. A large number of these programs are geared toward children in hopes of encouraging a future in science.
For those unable to make an event, free, kid-friendly publications about the brain and new, original puzzles and fact sheets have been developed by the Dana Foundation as part of its public outreach mission. The brain-themed puzzles, organized by grade and age level, include a brain maze, crosswords, word searches, a cryptogram, word scrambles, and more. The fact sheets teach kids about how the brain works, how scientists study the brain, how the senses work, and how exercise affects the brain. All the materials can be printed and shared.
The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing understanding about the brain in health and disease through research grants and public outreach.