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Dana Education

This grant supported the production of a 30-minute episode of BrainWorks, an award-winning television series for middle school aged children that portrays the neuroscience field as accessible and exciting. The episode explores vision and visual disorders through hands-on activities to illustrate concepts, brain fact inserts, and interviews with researchers.

In the episode, viewers follow University of Washington neuroscientist Eric Chudler, Ph.D., and a team of curious teens as they visit laboratories and clinics to learn about the anatomical pathways and physiological mechanisms of vision. The episode is supported with a webpage and resources guide for viewers, including teachers, interested in learning more about the topic.

The BrainWorks television series included five other episodes on such topics as how exercise affects the brain, sports-related concussions, sleep, and brain-computer interfaces. Episodes are available on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.

This grant supported the Dana Education objective to support sustained informal education that aims to strengthen knowledge of neuroscience and its connections to society and empower people of all ages to use that knowledge in their every day lives.

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