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4.02.2013

Fourth Annual Brain Fair at the Miami Science Museum Attracts More Than 3,000 Kids

Another record crowd came out for this year’s Brain Fair at the Miami Science Museum, organized by University of Miami scientists and colleagues from several other institutions. The free science event drew more than 3,000 children of all ages who learned how the brain works through an array of hands-on activities.

Children had the opportunity to build neurons, hold a real brain, compete in a brain bee, and learn whether they are supertasters. Two hundred and forty of them also received free bike helmets at the March 23 event, courtesy of The Pilot Club of Miami.

“This event continues to be an important one for both the community and the participating scientists,” said organizer Coleen Atkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurological surgery, whose 8-year-old and 6-year-old daughters accompanied her to the fair. “The fun and interactive setting allows all in attendance to learn more about the brain and spinal cord and their functions.”

University of Miami scientists teamed up with colleagues from Barry University, St. Thomas University, Florida International University, and Nova Southeastern University, as well as students from several local high schools to organize the fair. Their aim is to share the fascinating discoveries being made in the field of neuroscience with the community, and inspire the future generation of scientists and educational leaders.

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