2015 Neuroscience Fair Huge Success
Over 500 children and adults attended the Michigan State University Neuroscience Program’s annual Neuroscience Fair on March 21, 2015. The fair consisted of numerous fun and educational hands-on activities that appealed to young and old alike. Visitors could partake in a cow eye dissection, see a neurological exam, create numerous crafts, climb inside a brainatarium, trick their senses, record their brain waves, learn about the effects of drugs, examine human and animal brains, and much more! Other booths were led by MSU’s Science Theatre, MS Awareness, Spartan Spectrum, and Compass Rehabilitation Center, who passed out free bike helmets. Each activity was designed to teach something significant about how the brain and nervous system works.
Parents and children that attended the fair were thrilled with the number of activities available at the fair, which has become an enriching and successful even for greater Lansing community members. MSU Faculty member, Anne Dorrance, attended the fair with her two daughters. She said, “I wanted to say how great the Neuroscience Fair was. Both my girls loved it, and I wish we could have stayed for longer. The brainatarium was nothing short of brilliant. All of the students were great with kids, and we all learned a lot.” Numerous other parents also commented that the event was a huge hit with their children.
Making learning science fun and exciting is one of the main objectives of the Neuroscience Program outreach committee, comprised of graduate student Zachary Grieb and faculty advisors Casey Henley and Jenny Taylor. The committee recognizes the hard work of over 70 MSU Neuroscience program students and faculty that volunteered their time and would also like to thank our sponsors: MSU Neuroscience Program, MSU College of Natural Science, Astrazeneca, and a grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation, obtained by faculty member Cindy Jordan.