K-12 Outreach Program

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The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences' K-12 Outreach Program brings together faculty, staff and students from the University of New England and puts them into area K-12 schools. We bring a variety of short interactive lessons (called modules), each tailored for different age groups, to teach students about neuroscience including: brain anatomy, function and injury.

Our Goals

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  • The primary goal of our program is to increase interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines and neuroscience in particular. This goal is important to us because we hope to foster an early interest in these fields so that the students of today become the workers and researchers of tomorrow.
  • The second goal of the program is to ensure that students are exposed to general knowledge about the brain early in their education. This includes but is not limited to information about brain structures and anatomy of the brain and brain health. Where possible, we incorporate Maine Educational Standards.
  • Another goal of the program is to increase awareness of traumatic brain injury, neurological diseases and addiction. We hope to increase knowledge and healthy behaviors in the students with whom we work.

Sponsors

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We gratefully acknowledge collaboration and support from the University of New England and the following foundations: The Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation, The Etherton Foundation,  The Dana Foundation, and the Lynn Fund of the Brain Injury Association of America.