K-12 Outreach Training Modules

A female U N E student stands with a young girl wearing a bike helmet

The activities we can offer your school system are:

Brain Safety

Following the theme of brain safety, these lesson plans use different approaches to teach students from grades 6-12 about Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); includes helmet safety egg drop experiment, brief presentations on cranial nerve assessments and concussion.

This activity is designed to introduce middle school students to concussions and helmet safety. Students will participate in a discussion covering concussions followed by an egg drop demonstration, where students will create their own helmets.

This activity goes over traumatic brain injuries, focusing mainly on concussions. The module teaches high school students the symptoms of a concussion, including how to identify signs of a concussion using a cranial nerve examination.

Integrated Elementary

These lesson plans are designed to introduce younger children to the brain, brain safety and brain function. Brief interactive lessons are provided about the importance of wearing a helmet, major parts of the brain and how they interact with our ability to sense the world and make movements.

This activity introduces the brain, and brain safety to elementary students. The activities include: reading along to a children’s book about helmet safety, observing a melon drop helmet demonstration, learning how to fit a helmet, and coloring a five senses worksheet.

This lesson plan introduces middle school students to the brain and its many functions. In this lesson plan, students will engage reading along to a children’s book about the brain, learning how to fit a helmet, making pipe cleaner neurons, and learning the lobes of the brain and their function.


This module allows students to learn about the basic functions of a brain, including the regions, functions and structure by performing brain dissections using a nonhuman animal or observing a real human brain.

This activity brings proper dissection techniques and the neuroanatomy of sheep brains into the classroom. Instructors perform informative dissections (relevant to grade) and show how the dissection is performed and what supplies are necessary.

This module goes over the neuroanatomy of the human brain, making lessons applicable to various grades with posters, plastic brain models and real human brains and tissues.

Drugs of Abuse and Addiction

This module informs students of the effects drugs can have based on a neurological standpoint. These activities include engaging students in a classroom discussion regarding common drugs of abuse, the classification of drugs, how addiction develops and observing the physiological effects of two different drugs on a non-human animal model.

This lesson includes a discussion and hands on experiment to teach students about the effects of drugs of abuse. Topics discuessed includes: how drugs work, different categories of drugs, major theories of addiction, and a demonstration of the physiological effects of drugs on a non-human animal system.

Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders

These activities cover the symptoms and physiology of various neurological disorders including migraine, Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. Additional activities cover treatment and recovery from traumatic brain injury and stroke, including therapy and issues around universal design.

This lesson plan introduces students to different therapies used for brain injury intervention, describes how brain injuries can impair one’s ability to perform everyday activities, and how equipment to assist those with brain injuries.

This lesson plan engages high school students in a conversation regarding how neurological impairments affect brain function. Students will learn about a variety of neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and how these disorders develop, as well as the symptoms exhibited by patients with these disorders. 

Cognition and Brain Function

This module teaches students the role the brain plays in cognition and memory. Younger students will be introduced to learning and memory by teaching them about repetition, and selective attention. High school students will engage in activities involving short and long term memory, selective attention, and multitasking.

This module includes hands-on activities to teach K-5 students about cognition, learning and memory through the use of the Stroop test, repetitive mazes (easy and hard), and blind spot assessments.

 These activities introduce brain systems involved in learning, memory, attention and decision-making. Fun and interactive activities highlight the limitations of our brain and demonstrate ways of improving our memory.