Brain Awareness Science Saturday at Gillespie

March 07, 2013

Sophomore Ginny Scott demonstrates to two Science Saturday attendees what happens when liquids are spilled.

At a Science Saturday this past fall, Mandy Camp worked with two young scientists to teach the properties of lipids as a way to explain the devastation of oil spills.

Learn about the brain from Stetson University neuroscientists Camille Tessitore King, Psychology, and Mike King, Biology, and their undergraduate students at the March 16 Science Saturday at Stetson’s Gillespie Museum. This Science Saturday event is part of a global campaign, co-sponsored by the Dana Foundation and the Society for Neuroscience, to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of neurological study during Brain Awareness Week.

Once a month, the Gillespie Museum welcomes young scientists to its Science Saturday programs for a chance to learn scientific principles from Stetson faculty and undergraduates through games, puzzles and hands-on activities. On Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the focus will be on the brain, the nervous system, and the field of neuroscience. Visitors are invited to drop in throughout the morning for informal learning and fun.

“Your brain is involved in everything you do,” explains Dr. Camille Tessitore King. “Understanding how it works not only can be fun and incredibly interesting, but also can serve as a first step in leading a more ‘brain-healthy’ lifestyle.”

The 10 learning stations will offer mind-boggling demonstrations and brain-teasing games; a make-it/take-it corner for building a model of a neuron or illustrating the nervous system; and interactive displays and information tables.

Free admission and open to all. Students under 16 must be with an adult. The Gillespie Museum is located on the southeast corner of Stetson’s campus, at 234 East Michigan Ave., DeLand. For more information call the museum at 386.822.7330 or e-mail gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu.




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