About

OUR MISSION STATEMENT:   Brain Discovery aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and contribute to a more scientifically literate public, by connecting young students with working scientists who provide high-quality, hands-on learning opportunities to experience science as it is actually practiced.

OUR PHILOSOPHY:

~ We believe science should be taught as it is actually practiced - a process of discovery, not a static body of facts

~ We believe neuroscience is an ideal topic for getting students excited about scientific discovery, as it easily relates to their everyday experiences and provides many different avenues of engagement
~ We believe scientists themselves have a unique and valuable role to play in science education as role models and ambassadors of science
~ We believe exposure to real-life scientists and their work is key to helping students view science as a viable and exciting career path

- We believe 4th-6th grade is a critical window for exposing students to the world of science, before many lose their natural curiosity and decide they are not "science people"
~ We believe any student can understand complex science concepts when truly engaged, and any student is capable of pursuing a career in science regardless of his or her background

~ We believe that a basic scientific literacy is critical for ALL students to become informed citizens of the world

 

OUR CURRICULUM:

We have developed a cumulative six-session curriculum that introduces young students to the fundamentals of neuroscience, with an emphasis on the scientific method and what it's like to be a scientist.  Each session focuses on a "big question" in neuroscience - such as "What is the brain made of?" or "How does the brain communicate with the body?" - which the students explore during hands-on experiments and investigations.  Students have the opportunity to use a variety of scientific equipment and even touch a real human brain!

 

OUR TEAM: 
Claire Weichselbaum and Brian Lananna, co-founders and directors of Brain Discovery, bring many years of combined experience in science outreach as well as neuroscience research.  Both are currently doctoral students in the Neuroscience program at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Check back soon for more information about each of our wonderful scientist volunteers!