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NIH to fund development of K-12 neuroscience education programs
Date:9/27/2011

at the University of Pennsylvania will develop neuroscience programs at The Franklin Institute, a high school course, and a digital toolkit of neuroscience educational materials to engage K-12 students and teachers in learning about the importance of neuroscience in their world.

Louisa Stark, Ph.D., University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Project: The Neuroscience of Our Senses
Dr. Stark's group plans to develop novel approaches for teaching students about the neurobiology of the five senses, using devices such as the iPad, the Motorola Xoom and interactive whiteboards.

Leslie Miller, Ph.D., William Marsh Rice University, Houston
Project: Virtual Clinical Trials: Advances in Neuroscience
This project aims to develop a game-based website that will educate middle school students about the scientific process of discovery, testing, and adoption of new treatments that emerge from neuroscience research as well as engage students in interactive role play across a variety of neuroscience careers.

Dina Markowitz, Ph.D., University of Rochester, N.Y.
Project: Neuroscience Activities for Hands-on Learning
The goal of this project is to develop, field test, disseminate and evaluate the use of innovative hands-on neuroscience activities that high school biology teachers can easily integrate into existing curriculums.

Susanna Cunningham, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
Project: How Do I Learn: Neurosciences Advances Inform Learning
This project will engage middle school science teachers, students and parents/community groups in an innovative program of neuroscience education focused on answering the questions, "How do I learn?" and "How do I teach students about how they learn?"

Nancy Moreno, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Project: The Learning Brain - Interactive Inquiry for Teachers and Students
Dr. Moreno's group will develop, evalu
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