To wrap up our fall MosSE tour we traveled east to the far reaches of our great state in the Montana badlands. In the town of Glendive, we encountered stunning geologic formations and dinosaur remains, as well as a thriving population of young neuroscientists.
We spent three days in Glendive helping students explore the many wonders of the most complex organ in our body. “This was awesome!,” “Please come back next year,” and “Can we come back?” were frequently heard in the gym as students filed out after their field trips. Over 500 kids explored the exhibit during school and another 100 students and their family members dropped in for Family Science Night.
We enjoyed explaining how our genetics influence our lives, including our brain formation and our perception of the world around us. Students learned how similar the “recipe” for humans is to the “recipe” for fruit flies, despite the many apparent differences between our two species. Because we humans have so much in common with fruit flies, neuroscientists can experiment on fruit flies to learn more about the human brain…without all the sticky ethical problems of experimenting on humans.
As always, our exhibit on brain plasticity was a huge hit, as students and families challenged themselves to our visual rebound game to see how quickly their brains could adapt to new information.
We had a great time sharing our exhibits with the student-scientists of Glendive.
And that wraps up our fall tour! Stay tuned for our travels this spring!