News Release
 

December 1, 2011

CONTACT: Karen Kreeger
215-349-5658
karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu

Perelman School of Medicine


This release is available online at
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2011/12/kids-judge-science/

Science-Fair Switcheroo, Where Kids Judge the Science

140 third graders to decide award-winning science projects in Penn Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair

WHAT:

Over 140 third and fourth graders from the Penn Alexander School, Saint Francis DeSales School, and Beulah Christian Day School will spend a morning on the Penn campus “judging” hands-on science activities developed by students at Penn, including undergraduate Biological Basis of Behavior program majors and graduate students in neuroscience (http://www.sas.upenn.edu/bbb/about/kidsjudge).

Highlights:

  • Brainapalooza: Faculty and students let the student judges see and handle all kinds of brains. Very hands-on, very yucky-cool.
  • Save-A-Head gets the students thinking about the fragility of the brain and the importance of protecting it with helmets. Students experiment protecting a brain (actually an egg) with all kinds of materials.
  • Sweet & Sour Science: Students look at the neural pathways from taste buds to brain to explain how we taste our food and how our brain knows what flavor of food we are eating.
WHEN:

Monday, December 5, 2011
Prime judging time: 10:00 am - 11:30am

WHERE:

 Houston Hall of Flags
3417 Spruce Street, Ground Floor
http://www.facilities.upenn.edu/map.php

WHO:

The Penn KidsJudge! Fair, a national education program designed to make scientists better communicators and elementary school children better scientists, is sponsored by Penn’s Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences and the Biological Basis of Behavior Program. The Fair is also made possible in part by grants from the National Kids Judge! Partnership, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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