The Center for Excellence in the Neurosciences' K-12 Outreach Program brings together UNE faculty, professional staff, and students 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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, the Lynn Fund of the Brain Injury Association of America, Corning, AAAS, People's United Bank, Spectrum Medical Group, FHC, and Oak Point Associates.

k-12 outreach program professional staff

Ian Meng
Professor, Physiology
Director, Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for the Study of Pain and Sensory Function