Brain Night gives elementary school children and their families an opportunity to learn about neuroscience through experiments and activities designed for kids.
Brain Night gives elementary school children and their families an opportunity to learn about neuroscience through experiments and activities designed for kids.

What better way to teach kids about neuroscience than letting them hold a human brain? Brain Night for Kids offers that and many more fun, educational activities beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive. The free, two-hour program is sponsored by the Neuroscience Research Center at McGovern Medical School.

Brain Night for Kids, which is held during the worldwide Brain Awareness Week, is packed with activity booths aimed at teaching children from kindergarten to fifth grade how the brain works and to spark an interest in neuroscience at an early age. Demonstration topics range from brain reflexes to eye-hand coordination to comparing brains of different species. Last year, Brain Night for Kids drew more than 1,300 attendees.

“The brain is fundamental to everything we do and say as well as how we interact with others and the physical world in which we live. The earlier our children learn about their brains, the better they will understand themselves and others,” said Jack Byrne, Ph.D., director of the Neuroscience Research Center, June and Virgil Waggoner Chair and professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

Children can learn how their brain cells store memories, tell their arms and legs to move, process the images in their line of sight and interpret smells in the air.

In addition, children are encouraged to build their own nerve cell with pipe cleaners and get a face painting of a nerve cell or brain. They can also watch a bike helmet demonstration featuring an egg drop.

“The Health Museum is an important learning resource for our community, and we are proud to once again invite Houstonians of all ages to Brain Night for Kids,” said Melanie Johnson, Ed.D., president and CEO at The Health Museum. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for new and returning guests to experience for themselves all that we have to offer as Houston’s most interactive science and learning center in the heart of the Houston Museum District.”

The brain has been described as one of the final frontiers in science and the investigators at the Neuroscience Research Center are conducting diverse, multidisciplinary research to better understand neural and behavioral disorders.

At the close of the event, children receive souvenirs and walk away eager to learn more about science and the brain.

For information, call 713-500-5633 or email NBA-NRC@UTH.TMC.EDU.