If you are looking for a Spring Break activity for young children that is entertaining and informative, pencil in Brain Night for Kids from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive. It is free and sponsored by the Neuroscience Research Center at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
Where else can a child learn about the mind by holding a human brain? To drive home the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet, children will get to see what happens when an unprotected egg is dropped. It’s not pretty.
“This is a great way to teach children about the brain and to maybe inspire them to become scientists and doctors,” said Jack Byrne, Ph.D., director of the Neuroscience Research Center, June and Virgil Waggoner Chair, and professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
Held in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week, Brain Night for Kids is geared toward children from kindergarten to fifth grade. The demonstrations range from brain reflexes to eye-hand coordination to comparing the brains of different species.
The fun activities also include learning how their brain cells store memories, tell their arms and legs to move, process the images in their line of sight, and interpret smells in the air.
In addition, children are encouraged to build their own nerve cell with pipe cleaners and get a face painting of a nerve cell or brain.
The brain has been described as one of the final frontiers in science and investigators at the Neuroscience Research Center are conducting diverse, multidisciplinary research to better understand neural and behavioral disorders. There will be faculty and student volunteers from McGovern Medical School, The Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
At the close of the event, children receive souvenirs and walk away eager to learn more about science and the brain. For information, call 713-500-5633 or email UTHealth.NRC@UTH.TMC.EDU.
Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing, John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School, and schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, and public health. UTHealth includes the UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists, and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. For more information, visit www.uth.edu.