After a quick switch of exhibits in the U-haul, MosSE headed north to Browning, home of the Browning Indians. Upon arrival, the Browning Middle School gym was transformed into an exciting space of neuroscience exploration! Seven different stations intrigued the minds of many budding scientists. We spent the day investigating the brain with 217 7th and 8th grade students, as well as 11 teachers and volunteers. We dug deep into the different lobes of the brain and what the specific functions are of each. For example, the frontal lobe is located behind our foreheads. Humans tend to have larger frontal lobes than most animals, because this part of the brain processes personality and high level thinking, among other things.
There also different lobes in charge of processing our five main senses: sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing. Participants were able to explore these senses at the “Senses Station.” Can you guess the scent based only on what you smell? Can you use only your sense of touch to identify the toy in the mystery box? Are you a “super taster”? All fun questions to be answered at the station.
Probably the most visited station was our “Visual Rebound”. And what kid doesn’t want to test their skills and shoot a basketball? Then add vision distortion googles and the fun never ends. Students learn how our brain is so easily tricked, but also how adaptive it is, at this station.
Later that evening we were excited to host Family Science Night, when students are invited to come back with family and friends to explore the temporary museum again. Over 100 people came out to see what the fun was all about. Many of the returning students headed straight for the ever popular “Mind Games” station. Participants focus on moving the ball to their opponents side of the game board using brain power! You can help your friends by quizzing them on math facts or vocabulary words, to get them thinking.
Overall we had a great time with the “brainiacs” of Browning! Thank you to the staff and volunteers that made the trip possible. We hope to see you all again! Sincerely, Sarah, & Lizzie