Description of Events

Brain Bee at MSU: The Brain Bee at MSU is an exciting, live Q&A competition that challenges high school students on their knowledge of neuroscience facts. The participants compete in both written and oral rounds. Topics covered include: intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, aging, sleep, addiction, Alzheimer's, and stroke. This competition enables students to learn about the brain and career opportunities in the neurosciences.

Neuroscience Fair: Students, parents, and teachers are able to experience neuroscience first hand and hear from local celebrities in neuroscience. Experience cool neuroscience activities including hearing and seeing real neurons fire, learning how our senses can be tricked, and even touching a real human brain!

Brain Awareness Week: Brain Awareness Week occurs in March, and Neuroscience Program volunteers visit local elementary, middle, and high schools to promote neuroscience education to young students. Activities range from presentations to mini-experiments to seeing (and touching) real animal and human brains.

Take Your Child to Work Day: The Neuroscience Program participates in Michigan State University’s Take Your Child to Work Day Event. Children and their parents are invited to visit the neuroscience teaching lab in Giltner Hall to explore neuroscience as a career field. They are able to see real human and animal brains, make model neurons, dress up like a neuroscientist, and check out equipment that is used in research labs.

Science Festival: Every spring, MSU organizes the Science Festival, which is a free multi-day celebration of science, fueled by some of the basic elements essential to scientific inquiry: curiosity, wonder, and discovery, and the Neuroscience Program hosts a booth at the event. With topics ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Michigan State University: Summer of 2016, the Neuroscience Program will organize a summer camp as part of the MST@MSU program, a two-week residential or commuter program for academically talented students who are currently in 7th, 8th, or 9th grade and who are at least 12 years old. The focus is on mathematics, science, and technology, as well as applications in these areas. The Neuroscience camp will cover a wide variety of neuroscience topics, from cell function to anatomy to behavior.