The LDN is committed to integrating outreach and recruitment activities to enhance science literacy within the broader community. We do this by forming partnerships with nonprofit organizations such as the local Discovery Space Museum and PSU science summer camp programs, such as Science-U. These partnerships allow us to increase public engagement with science and technology and to offer children the opportunity to participate in the very science that they are learning about.
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Through these partnerships, we provide age-appropriate brain science seminars to children and adolescents with hands on activities like building neurons and models of the visual system to improve their understanding of the brain and how we study it as scientists. We also do brain science awareness in STEM fairs at local middle schools and art festivals where we do face paining with brains and neurons and have brain puzzles and worksheets available for the kids.
We have worked with the Discovery Space Museum to organize day-long camps for kids ages 6-14. We have also worked with the American Association of University Women to organize day long camps for girls (ages 6-12) about the science of the brain. The most recent camp we organized was called BrainWorks, and we recruited girls ages 6-12 to be mentored by middle school-aged girls who acted as mentors to the younger campers.
Natalie Motta-Mena & Giorgia Picci actively lead the lab in pursuing opportunities for community outreach and engagement in science. Our goal in organizing and participating in these events is to raise public awareness and knowledge about brain science.