Brain-in-a-Box

Brain-in-a-Box is an exciting educational program, developed in collaboration with the OHSU Brain Institute, that have been providing neuroscience lessons in middle school science classes since 2005. Brain-in-a-Box was started by a neuroscience graduate student and an educator to bring emerging research about the adolescent brain to students. Since its inception, three hundred middle school students have participated in the program annually.

Brain-in-a-Box presentations are developed to incorporate research-based content and ‘brain-friendly’ teaching strategies. Yearly, revisions take place based on student and teacher evaluations. A mechanism has been set up to disseminate the program among the teaching teams. There is also a reliable method by which to recruit scientists to teach this program.

Dr. Oscar Miranda Dominguez presents Brain-in-a-Box to Si Se Puede attendees at OHSU
Dr. Oscar Miranda Dominguez presents Brain-in-a-Box to Si Se Puede attendees at OHSU
Students play with a model brain during Brain-in-a-Box presentation
Students play with a model brain during Brain-in-a-Box presentation
Student raises hand while listening to presentation about neurology
Students get to learn actively and engage with new information during presentations

The goal of Brain-in-a-Box is to change knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with brain health as a result of program participation. Students have the opportunity to learn:

  • How each brain is similar in commonalities but also different due to genes and environment
  • About plasticity and that learning requires new/modified connections between neurons
  • About the adolescent brain and its maturation and how this relates to development and susceptibility to substance abuse
  • How the adolescent brain has unique potential for learning new skills
  • About our sense of identity and how it is contained within the brain, and how self-empowerment is important, and how brain damage can alter personality

Through the Brain-in-a-Box program, we reach hundreds of students every year. Some of the schools we work with include:

  • Reynolds Middle School
  • Martin Luther King Jr. School
  • Jefferson High School with OnTrack OHSU & NW NOGGIN
  • Woodburn High School with OnTrack OHSU
  • Sabin SUN School (PPS)
  • Ockley Green School
  • North Marion Middle School
  • St. Andrew Nativity School
  • Rosemary Anderson High School
  • Catlin Gable School
  • First Class Clackamas Teens
  • Grant High School
  • Highland Park Middle School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Skyview High School with NW NOGGIN
  • Holy Cross Catholic School
  • Franklin High School with NW NOGGIN
  • Mt. Tabor Middle School
  • Turner Elementary in Washington DC with NW NOGGIN

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