Students explore the space between their ears
HUNTINGTON -- More than 550 elementary school children got a brain workout Friday as they participated in the fifth annual Brain Expo at Marshall University.
The event featured 23 interactive stations where children learned about healthy lifestyles, explored the various parts of the nervous system, tested their reflexes, played memory games, colored their own "brain hats" and built brain cell-shaped key chains.
Nearly 200 Marshall students and faculty from the College of Science, Psychology Department and Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine coordinated the activities. St. Mary's Medical Center also presented a station about brain and spinal cord safety.
The Brain Expo was held in conjunction with Brain Awareness Week, an annual global effort founded in 1996 by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. It was supported by the National Science Foundation and Marshall's College of Science, Department of Biological Sciences, Cell Differentiation and Development Center and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine's Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.