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The ASCEND (Advancing STEM-Community Engagement through Neuroscience Discovery) program is a 2-semester long neuroscience learning opportunity at STEM Studio in Jupiter for kids grades 6-8 made possible by the Florida Atlantic University Brain Institute and Stiles-Nicholson Foundation. 

Led by professional neuroscientists and their trainees and using cutting-edge educational tools, including hands-on virtual and augmented reality applications, kids will be provided with monthly neuroscience lessons and activities at STEM Studio in Abacoa with intermittent field trips to science labs. In addition, kids will have the opportunity to engage in monthly webcasts to talk about what they learned during their lessons at STEM Studio and podcasts of recent, exciting neuroscience discoveries. Kids will learn about neuroscience, with lessons building from cells to neural networks to brain disorders. The program will culminate in a science fair where kids will present a poster and receive a certificate of completion. 

This FREE program is open to all middle school youth, regardless of whether they attended Brain Sparks. 

ASCEND is continuous through fall and spring to create continuity and a community of learners and doers. 

Fall ASCEND sessions will be held once a month at STEM Studio in Abacoa on Wednesdays from 4:30–6:15 pm. Spring dates will be announced shortly.

Fall dates are:
December 19 

For more information contact Dr. Nicole Baganz
at or call 561.799.855

Registration is FREE!

For middle school students only. This is a series of classes. Students are expected to attend all classes but late entries will be accepted.

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