BU shares science with elementary school students for Brain Awareness Week
Brain Awareness Week runs through Monday. In an effort to educate children about the center of the nervous system, some of the top brains from Binghamton University stopped by a local elementary school. YNN's Chris Whalen filed the following report.
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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Aiming for a target on the wall, coloring pictures, and dipping your hands in buckets of water may seem a bit random. But, these activities do have a common thread.
"This is Brain Awareness Week and it's a national attempt for scientists to get the word out about neuroscience and the brain," said Chris Bishop, Associate Professor of Psychology.
Students from Binghamton University lent their brains to kids at African Road Elementary in Vestal for the annual workshop.
The initiative is designed to help garner interest in science in the hopes of cultivating the next crop of undergrads on campus.
"Even if it's not at a high scientific level, we all have a level where we can speak to these kids about what we do because these are our future," said Bishop.
And activities not only teach the younger students how the body's nervous system works, but also show that science can be fun.
"I feel like once you get older and if you're not introduced to science at a young age, you can find parts of it to be boring. Nothing is better than pairing something fun with something educational," said Miguel Cabrera, BU Graduate Student.
But the kids aren't the only ones that are learning something new, BU is also trying to give its students a lesson in community involvement.
"We've really made an effort as professors and as an area and as a program, to get our students involved at the undergraduate and graduate level, to meet with these kids and talk about their research," said Bishop.