Thursday, 14 March 2013

It's International Brain Awareness Week!

March 11th-17th marks International Brain Awareness Week. For one week every March, Brain Awareness Week unites the global efforts of over 2200 universities, hospitals, patient groups, government agencies, schools, service groups and professional organisations in 76 countries in a week-long celebration of the brain. Each country marks the week differently, and in New Zealand the initiative has grown over the last eight years from the modest beginnings of one Open Day in Auckland to an intensive public brain health awareness programme. 

We at Muritai School just love the idea of teaching our kids more about just how brilliant and how unique each and every individual brain is. We love the idea so much that we are going to have our very own Brain Awareness Week in June this year. We will spend a whole week looking at:-
  • How our brains work
  • Keeping our brains healthy and safe
  • The plasticity of the brain - how our learning habits can grow our brains! 
It's going to be a fun and fact based week! 

Check out these brain raps to get you thinking......
Click on the links below to discover more about our fabulous, amazing, brilliant brains!

BrainyKids :  Online science resources for students, teachers, and parents, including games, labs, science fair ideas, brain maps, lesson plans, and more.
The Mindboggling Workbook:  A fun-filled activity book about the brain for children ages 5-9 including how the brain works, what it brain does, and how to take care of it.
It’s Mindboggling!:  A fun booklet of  games, riddles, and puzzles about the brain, perfect for elementary and middle school students. Available for download in several languages.
More Mindbogglers!: This addition to It’s Mindboggling! takes a closer look at learning and memory, the senses, drug addiction, and how the brain and nervous system work…still in a fun format.
Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research: A pamphlet with answers to commonly asked questions about the brain, for middle school through adult.
Brain Books for Budding Scientists—and All Children: From Dana’s Cerebrum journal, an article surveying the best neuroscience books for children.

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