Free Brain Fair Family Event at Miami Science Museum 3/17/12

Free “Brain Fair” Family Event at Miami Science Museum
Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Miami Science Museum
3280 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33129
Free

For more information about the Brain Fair, visit www.themiamiproject.org/brainfair or email brainfair@med.miami.edu. To register for the Miami Brain Bee, visit www.themiamiproject.org/brainfair or email BrainBee@med.miami.edu. To volunteer at the Brain Fair, visit www.themiamiproject.org/brainfair.

Saturday, March 17, the Miami Science Museum is encouraging kids of all ages to become “brainiacs” about the brain during the free, fun-filled Annual Brain Fair, designed to teach children and their parents about how the brain and spinal cord function. Attendees will have the chance to participate in exciting hands-on activities such as holding a real brain, finding out if they are super tasters, discovering ways to be smarter, building their own neuron, and learning how each part of the brain works. Additionally, kids will enjoy face painting of brains and neurons, puppet shows about how the brain works, and more.

The Miami Science Museum is encouraging kids of all ages to become “brainiacs” about the brain during the free, fun-filled Annual Brain Fair, designed to teach children and their parents about how the brain and spinal cord function. Attendees will have the chance to participate in exciting hands-on activities such as holding a real brain, finding out if they are super tasters, discovering ways to be smarter, building their own neuron, and learning how each part of the brain works. Additionally, kids will enjoy face painting of brains and neurons, puppet shows about how the brain works, and more.

Throughout the event, participants can enjoy talks about various aspects of the brain by University of Miami medical professionals. Also, the Miami Brain Bee, open to high school students grades 9-12, is similar to a spelling bee, except that it tests knowledge of the nervous system. Top contestants will receive a prize. Registration is necessary for participation in the Miami Brain Bee.

10 a.m.: “Foods to Super Charge Your Brain” by Dr. Shyam Gajavelli, Associate Scientist, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
10:50 a.m.: “ADHD” by Dr. Eugene Hershorin, Associate Professor, Clinical Pediatrics, Specialty: Development & Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Miami Health System
11 a.m.: “Sports Concussions” by Dr. Gillian Hotz, Research Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Miami Health System
11:50 a.m.: “Cool Apps for Kids” by Dr. Michelle Schladant, Clinical Program Manager, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami Health System
12 p.m.: “Building Bionic Humans” by Dr. Justin Sanchez, Associate Professor, Director, Neuroprosthetics Research Group (NRG), University of Miami Health System
12:50 p.m.: “Sleep Disorders” by Dr. Alberto Ramos, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, Specialty: Sleep Medicine – Neurology, University of Miami Health System
1 p.m.: Miami Brain Bee
2 p.m.: “Exercise and IQ” by Dr. Eduard Tiozzio, Teaching Assistant, Department of Endocrinology – Diabetes, University of Miami Health System
2:50 p.m.: “Physical Fitness Equals Mental Fitness” by Dr. Evadnie Rampersaud, Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Human Genomics, University of Miami Health System

Brain Fair sponsors are Miami Science Museum, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Pilot Club of Miami, Society for Neuroscience Miami Chapter, University of Miami Undergraduate Neuroscience Program, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, Kidz Neuroscience Center, Nova Southeastern University Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, St. Thomas University School of Science, Technology & Engineering Management, and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

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