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The ASCEND (Advancing STEM-Community Engagement through Neuroscience Discovery) NeuroExplorers program is a semester-long VIRTUAL neuroscience learning opportunity for kids grades 6-8 made possible by the Florida Atlantic University Brain Institute and Stiles-Nicholson Foundation.
Led by professional neuroscientists, students will learn about neuroscience by using cutting-edge educational tools, including hands-on virtual/augmented reality applications. Students will engage via lessons which include neuron anatomy to neuron communication, brain anatomy, how scientists study the brain, and brain disorders. Students will receive a monthly Brain Box filled with hands-on activities geared towards the topics covered by neuroscientists for that month. Students will join a virtual science classroom two Wednesdays every month to complete their hands-on activities and have the opportunity to ask questions live. During weeks between the virtual classroom experiences, students will be sent engaging podcasts, Brain Bites, and videos "How Does My Brain Work", to continue their neuro-exploration. Each lesson in which the students participate is a chance to win brain swag and a brainy grand prize! Students who complete the full program will graduate as Jr. Neuroscientists.
Who can join: Middle school students ONLY
Program cost: $100* per registrant for the entire semester.
Important note: NeuroExplorers is continuous throughout the semester to create continuity and a community of learners and doers. Students are required to attend all sessions to graduate in May.
Session dates and times: All sessions are on Wednesdays from 4:30–5:30pm on:
March 10th and 24th
April 7th and 21st
May 5th and 19th
REGISTRATION: Add the number of participants to the cart below and continue with the checkout process. **Before you register** Please note that once your order goes through, your name is automatically added to our list and you do not need to do anything else. You should receive a confirmation email with your order number. The virtual class login information will be emailed to you prior to the class.
Please note: The address you provide during registration will be the address to where ASCEND sends your monthly "Brain Box". Please make sure your address is correct. If you register after February 3rd, your brain box may be delayed or may not arrive before the first lesson on February 10th.
*Financial assistance available upon request. Please contact Dr. Nicole Baganz for more information.
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