NUBAO Teachers Workshop 2017

Northwestern University Brain Awareness Outreach (NUBAO), in partnership with the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, hosted the 5th Annual Brain Awareness Teachers Workshop on Friday, February 24th. The goal of the Brain Awareness Teachers Workshop was to expose middle school and high school science educators to neuroscience research, and to demonstrate through active participation in several engaging, hands-on activities, how these topics could be introduced into the classroom. The event featured a keynote speech by Dr. Bradly Stolbach entitled “How Trauma and Adversity Shape Development and What We Can Do About It", as well as a lunch-and-learn seminar by Post-Doctoral Fellow Nino Tabatadze entitled “The Molecular Basis of Neuromodulation in the Brain: From Genes to Behavior".

 

In the afternoon, NUBAO volunteers presented 4 teaching modules: neuroanatomy, the sensorimotor nervous system, motor adaptation, and the chemical senses. 40 teachers attended the event, representing over 25 Chicago schools, and teachers received 7 continuing professional development units for attending. Several teachers from underprivileged schools also received scholarships to cover the cost of hiring substitute teachers on the day of the event. This years Brain Awareness Teachers Workshop was a great success, with 100% of attendees reporting that they would likely recommend the event to a fellow science educator!