Busloads of students from Washington, D.C., area schools will visit the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on March 17 and 18 for a special experience. These students, grades five through eight, will participated in the museum's 11th annual Brain Awarenesss Week. During these two days, scientists from five Institutes at the National Institutes of Health will host interactive sessions focusing on brain health and neuroscience.
Brain Awareness Week is an annual international partnership of government agencies, scientific organizations, university and volunteer groups. It was started 15 years ago by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, a nonprofit organization of more than 200 pre-eminent neuroscientists dedicated to advancing education about the brain.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for middle school students to interact with NIH neuroscientists and learn how this fascinating area of research affects all of us," said Richard J. Hodes, M.D., director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), which is coordinating the 2010 Brain Awareness Week activities for the NIH. "We hope to convery to these young people the excitement and challenge of scientific research "
Students will rotate through the following exhibits: