Annual Brain Awareness Fair
Roger C. Sullivan High School
Lake View High School
Nettelhorst Elementary School
Hosted in partnership with the Nettelhorst Elementary school, Lake View High School, and Roger C. Sullivan High School, the annual Brain Awareness Fair is NUBAO's biggest event. Each year has seen an increase in attendance and student volunteers. The 2014 fair attracted visitors from 43 different Chicago neighborhoods representing 90 different schools. Over 80 volunteers worked in teams to develop and present demonstrations that explain neuroscience at every level. With over 20 interactive demos, the brain fair offers a hands on experience for children of all ages.
Annual Brain Awareness Teachers Workshop
Northwestern University (Chicago Campus)
Every year, NUBAO hosts a professional development workshop for Chicago area science educators aimed at exposing these educators to the exciting field of neuroscience research, and to demonstrate how neuroscience topics can be introduced into the classroom through engaging, hands-on activities. NUBAO volunteers present demos and lesson plans featuring topics such as Neuranatomy, Brain Injury and Safety, Sensorimotor Neurophysiology, Motor Adaptation, and Learning and Memory.
Certified teachers receive up to seven continuing professional development units for participating.
Walter Payton Seminar Series
Walter Payton High School
As part of an ongoing seminar series, NUBAO volunteers give bimonthly neuroscience lectures at Walter Payton High School in downtown Chicago. The presenters, primarily neuroscience graduate students, delve into a specific sub-field of neuroscience pertaining to their own doctoral research, and often present recent findings from their lab and others. This is a unique opportunity to bring cutting edge neuroscience research to high school students, and to get them engaged and excited about brain research.
Cognitive Neuroscience High School Summer Research Program
Summer 2018, 2019
Northwestern University (Chicago Campus)
In partnership with biotechnology company EMOTIV, NUBAO developed and launched a 6 week summer research program for high school students in 2018. NUBAO volunteers guided a group of students through designing and conducting an original research project. Using donated wireless EEG headsets, students independently designed an experiment, collected and analyzed the data, and presented their results as a scientific poster. One group was selected to present their work at the Chicago Society for Neuroscience (cSfN) conference in 2019. This program provides students with the exciting opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the process of neuroscience research, from development and execution of a project, through presentation of the results to a professional society.
Rauner College Prep STEM Expo
December 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Rauner College Prep
For the past four years, Rauner College Prep has invited high school students in the Noble Network of charter schools to learn about STEM careers at their annual STEM Expo. NUBAO representatives gave several presentations about careers in neuroscience to full classrooms of enthusiastic high school students.
Watch a video about the event Here!
Museum of Science and Industry Science Works
October 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry's Science Works is a day long museum-wide event in which visitors to the museum meet with working science professionals from various fields and perform hands-on experiments led by the science professional. NUBAO has organized several workshops regarding the sensori-motor nervous system and brain machine interfaces for youths and their families visiting the museum. The event is free with museum admission.
AAAS Family Science Days
February 15, 2014
NUBAO presented demonstrations at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science Conference held in Chicago alongside dozens of other groups focused on exciting both parents and children about all areas of science.
Neuroscience of Superheroes Workshop
March 21st - May 9th, 2013
Stewart Elementary School
NUBAO developed a 6-week discussion and demonstration-based workshop series for middle school students that uses the paradigm of superheroes to engage students in learning about the brain. Each session was dedicated to demonstrating the specific super-human capabilities of a particular superhero or villian, and then discussing how those abilities could be explained by or made possible by advances in neuroscience. The curriculum will be available on our materials page soon.
MSI Black Creativity Career Showcase
In this event, African American scientists, artists and engineers put together a workshop for visitorys to the museum to share with youth visitors and their families. NUBAO has participated every year since 2016.
MSI Junior Science Cafe
NUBAO has organized several workshops for Junior Science Cafe, a monthly workshop series that aims to expose a group of about 30 middle school and high school students in the Evanston Illinois public education system to a variety of science topics through hands-on demonstrations led by science professionals
Northwestern University BioEXCEL Program
NUBAO has hosted annual workshops since 2010 for the BioEXCEL program, an academic and leadership development program for approximately 20 incoming URM Northwestern University freshmen interested in the biological sciences. The program is designed to prepare students for their success at Northwestern University by helping participants develop a strong foundation in core competencies including calculus, chemistry, biology, and leadership skills.