If you are looking for a Spring Break activity for young children that is entertaining and informative, pencil in Brain Night for Kids from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive. It is free and sponsored by the Neuroscience Research Center at McGovern Medical School.
Where else can a child learn about the mind by holding a human brain? To drive home the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet, children will get to see what happens when an unprotected egg is dropped. It’s not pretty.
“This is a great way to teach children about the brain and to maybe inspire them to become scientists and doctors,” said Jack Byrne, PhD, director of the Neuroscience Research Center, June and Virgil Waggoner Chair, and professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at McGovern Medical School.
Held in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week, Brain Night for Kids is geared toward children from kindergarten to fifth grade. The demonstrations range from brain reflexes to eye-hand coordination to comparing the brains of different species.
The fun activities also include learning 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.
The brain has been described as one of the final frontiers in science and investigators at the Neuroscience Research Center are conducting diverse, multidisciplinary research to better understand neural and behavioral disorders. There will be faculty and student volunteers from McGovern Medical School, The Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
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 UTHealth.NRC@UTH.TMC.EDU.