National Brain Awareness Week programs were established by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (Dana) to link scientists, clinicians, journalists and other educators (all "partners in education") in an annual effort to raise public awareness about the brain and brain science.
In 2000, Dana joined forces with NMHM to develop a program designed especially for middle school students. The program has helped to instill a sense of excitement of neuroscience and STEM careers, while bringing awareness and understanding of current research to our young audience.
During Brain Awareness Week, NMHM hosts our "Partners in Education" (such as CDMRP, Dana, DVBIC, NIH and Howard University) who engage visiting students with hands-on stations, with a focus on brain anatomy and topics related to neuroscience. Groups have the option of choosing a morning or afternoon session, and students will rotate in small groups through the stations. A plenary address before each session will introduce brain anatomy and offer other highlights to our budding neuroscientists. This program supports the Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.
For more information or to schedule a session, call 301-319-3312 or email USArmy.Detrick.MEDCOM-USARMRMC.List.Medical-Museum@mail.mil
Previous Brain Awareness Weeks at NMHM: