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FROM THE DANA FOUNDATION
A section of Dana.org with links to online science resources for children,
including games, labs, brain maps, articles, and more.
For Educators and Researchers: A section of
Dana.org with links to online science resources for educators and researchers,
including lesson plans, activities, science history, and news.
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.
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.
Mindbogglers!: This booklet covers learning and memory,
the senses, drug addiction, and how the brain and nervous system work, in a fun
format for high school students.
Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research: A
pamphlet with answers to commonly asked questions about the brain, for high
school through adult.
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
- BrainFacts.org: 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."
- Brain Facts: A
primer on the brain and nervous system, designed for a lay audience. A valuable
educational resource for secondary school teachers and students.
- Find a Neuroscientist: Where neuroscientists can
partner with teachers and students to share their knowledge.
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
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.
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.
Frontiers for Young Minds: Provides a collection of freely available scientific articles by distinguished scientists that are shaped for younger audiences by the input of their own young peers.
University of Utah Mouse Party: An online activity that teaches students the effects of various drugs on the brain.
BrainU: Features resources for teachers including lesson plans, lab and classroom experiments, dissections, model-building activities, videos, and animations.
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.
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.
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.
Sheep Brain Dissection: The Anatomy of Memory:
This user-friendly site takes you on a tour through a sheep brain, explaining
its basic anatomy, the areas responsible for memory, and how it relates to the
Anatomist: Interactive Brain Atlas: Photos and short movie clips
show the brain in 2D and in 3D. Provided by the University of Washington.
The Whole Brain Atlas: This atlas, for
students and professionals, shows healthy and diseased brains, including
multiple images of the brain with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke.
of Neurosurgery: An interactive online “museum”
charting the history of neurosurgery.
Human Genome Project: From the National Human Genome Research
Institute, this site offers a free, online, multimedia kit for high school
students interested in human genetics. The kit explores the history of genetic
discovery, the future of research and medicine, and the ethical, legal, and
social implications of genetic knowledge.
Cognition Online: A website by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
that focuses on cognitive disorders, cognitive processes, and research
approaches through interactive maps and images.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS):
Science news, journals, and other resources for scientists, educators, children, and parents.
Science NetLinks: An award-winning website from AAAS offering hundreds of standards-based lesson plans, online tools, special resource collections, and after-school activities for K-12 teachers, students, and families.
International Brain Bee Competition: An international
live competition that tests the neuroscience knowledge of high school students.
Wellcome Trust (UK): Resources to help promote contemporary
science in the curriculum and to engage students in biomedical science.
Royal Institution of Great Britain: Educational
resources including interactive games and activities, videos, lectures,
masterclasses, 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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