December 5, 2005


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

 

Invitation to Cover:
Science-Fair Switcheroo, Where Kids Judge the Science
150 third and fourth graders to decide award-winning science projects
in Penn Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair

WHAT:

The Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair is a national education program designed to make scientists better communicators and elementary school children better scientists. Over 150 third and fourth graders from the Penn Alexander School, the Charles R. Drew School and the Delaware School for the Deaf will spend a morning on the Penn campus “judging” hands-on science activities developed by undergraduate students in the Biological Basis of Behavior program and graduate students in neuroscience. Faculty members from the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences, drawn from three schools at Penn and five departments, act as information resources. Prizes are awarded by the school children for the best activities; these cash prizes are, in turn, donated to the public school science teachers to help continue hands-on science in their classrooms.

WHEN:

Wednesday, December 7, 2005
9:00am-12:00pm
Principal program time: 9:30am- 11:30am

 

WHERE:

Biological Research Building Lobby
421 Curie Boulevard

WHO: The Penn KidsJudge! Fair 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.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Left Brain/Right Brain Mystery Theatre:
Two side-by-side cubicles are set up as hotel lobbies in which a person is trying to pay his or her hotel bill. The twist? The person in the left-side cubicle can only pay his bill using tasks that are controlled by the left-side of his brain; the person in the right-side cubicle can only perform tasks that are controlled using the right-side of the brain. Answer? Neither side can get the job done. Both sides of your brain need to work together.

Brainapalooza: Faculty and students let the judges see and handle all kinds of brains. Very hands-on, very yucky-cool.

Food for Thought: Ever wonder how your stomach communicates with your brain so you know you’re hungry or full? Wonder no longer! Judges take this journey along the road between stomach and brain and see how it all works, and why.

Vision: Each of a person’s two eyes sees a whole image; it’s the brain that puts it all together into the one image we see. Judges get to experience how the brain and the visual system puts all this together in a simulation of how we see butterflies.

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This release is available online at http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/dec05/kidsjdgneuro.htm