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EDUCATION RESOURCES on the brain and brain research for scientists, teachers, parents, and children. Are we missing your favorite brain-related education resource? Please let us know at bawinfo@dana.org.

FROM THE DANA FOUNDATION

For Kids
: A section of Dana.org with links to online science resources for children, including games, labs, science fair ideas, 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.

The 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.

It’s 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.

More 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.

Dana Alliance 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 Neuroscience (SfN)

  • 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. 


NIH 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 system. 

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.

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 human brain.

Digital 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.

Cyber Museum of Neurosurgery: An interactive online “museum” charting the history of neurosurgery.

The 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.

Genes to 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. 

The International Brain Bee Competition: An international live competition that tests the neuroscience knowledge of high school students.

The Wellcome Trust (UK): Resources to help promote contemporary science in the curriculum and to engage students in biomedical science.

The 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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