Teaching Neuroscience

A Workshop With Backyard Brains 

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This is the perfect workshop for teachers who are thinking about including neuroscience in their current life science, biology, A&P, or AP biology courses, or those who want to start a stand-alone neuroscience course. This all-day workshop features the first module of an NIH-supported project-based neuroscience curriculum. Use Backyard Brains’ new neuroscience tools as you explore the accompanying curriculum. These tools and resources, driven by student-generated questions, open the world of authentic, neuroscience investigations to all students.

Teachers will work with a draft of the first curriculum module, along with the new Spikerboxes (tools that hook up to phones or computers and measure nerve action), and learn strategies for adapting the curriculum to their own classrooms. As they explore the curriculum, their feedback will be implemented in a later version of the curriculum. The curriculum will meet or exceed NGSS standards when appropriate, but also have the flexibility to help guide instruction in an AP biology class or a stand-alone neuroscience class. Teachers will receive their own set of curriculum materials to try in their own classrooms.

This free workshop is recommended for middle and high school life science teachers. Participants must bring their own computers/phones/tablets for this PD. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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