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BCHS students participate in Brain Awareness Week

Filed in Student Spotlight by on March 26, 2019

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On Tuesday, March 26, many students in grades 9-12 at Bethlehem Central High School participated in Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.

During Brain Awareness Week, partners organize fun and fascinating events in their communities to educate and excite people of all ages about the brain and the promise of brain research.

Students had the opportunity to participate in activities led by Albany Medical Center and University at Albany Biology professors and graduate students, which were both hands on and research oriented. Some of the activities included:

  • Pipe cleaner neurons – Using an array of colorful pipe cleaners, students learned the anatomy and function of a neuron as they constructed and designed one of their own.
  • Brain Myths vs Facts – A poster board with common misconceptions surrounding the brain was displayed. Do we only use 10% of our brain? Does a bigger brain mean you are smarter? Students lifted the question page to reveal the answer underneath.
  • Spiker Box – This device allowed students to measure muscle action potentials in real time. Student volunteers had two electrodes adhered to a muscle and measured the difference in action potentials between a relaxed versus contracted muscle. 
  • Brain displays – Volunteers brought in different brain displays in sealed jars for the students to look at and hold. 
  • Sliced brain tissue on microscope slides – Students got an up-close view of the brain and were shown different techniques used to identify various markers of interest within the brain.
  • Posters – Volunteers brought in posters that depicted the kind of experiments they do and their results. Students went around to various posters to learn about how neuroscience research actually works.

Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of partner organizations from around the world in a week-long celebration of the brain every March. Since its founding in 1996, Brain Awareness Week has evolved into a global education initiative that has included the participation of more than 5,600 partners in 120 countries.

To learn more about Brain Awareness Week click here.