About the Education Mission
CBN has built a comprehensive education program
consisting of precollege, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral initiatives,
as well as public education. The programs' goals include:
- Improving neuroscience education and literacy,
particularly for students in the state of Georgia;
- Recruiting and retaining women and underrepresented
minoritites in neuroscience education programs;
- Increasing awareness of neuroscience and career
opportunities in science;
- Providing K-12 teachers with innovative approaches
to teaching science;
- Identifying best practices for teaching science
through research on education curricula and theory.
The Neuroscience School at Georgia State University offers summer short-course opportunities for outstanding high school students. The program seeks students who excel in science and have particular interests in neuroscience.
Brain Expo is a fun, interactive, community education program for children and adults that takes place at Zoo Atlanta and features hands-on education stations exploring various topics related to the brain and behavior.
ION/Teach is an eight-week summer program, sponsored by the Neuroscience Initiative at Emory University, Georgia State University, and the Conlee Family Supporting Foundation, for high school students who excel in science, as well as for middle and high school teachers.
Teacher Professional Development Workshop is combined with ION/Teach durring the summer (see above). This eight-week program enables in-service teachers to gain hands-on laboratory research experience and requires translation standards-based lesson plans for classroom use.
Behavioral Research Advancements In Neuroscience (BRAIN) is a 10-week summer research and education experience for undergraduate students.
Brain Bee is a national level brain trivia competition for high-school students, which is held annually in January or February. Sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.
In conjunction with these programs, CBN has developed an array of neuroscience resources and activities for teachers and students.