Design a Brain Experiment Competition Is Back!

Now in it’s the third year, the Dana Foundation is once again calling on the future neuroscientists of America to submit their most creative brain experiment ideas to the “Design a Brain Experiment Competition.” Last year the number of submissions tripled and we received some great experiment ideas, topped off by the winning submission, “The Use of Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors in the Treatment of Schizophrenia,” from Charltien Long of the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California.

Students Dissecting a Brain

For those unfamiliar with the competition, submissions must test an idea about the brain, but can be anything from designing an experiment exploring treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to examining the effects of television on early childhood brain development. Remember, students should not complete their experiments, so be creative!

Submit your best design by January 17 for a chance to win your school the first place prize of $500 or second place prize of $250. The winning experiments will be announced during Brain Awareness Week (March 10-6) and posted on the Dana Foundation website. This competition is for U.S. high school students only and can be completed by individual students, groups, or even entire classrooms. However all experiments must be submitted by a high school teacher, school official, or afterschool program coordinator. Each instructor is limited to five total submissions.

For more information please refer to the competition’s full guidelines or email Good luck!

--Simon Fischweicher

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