Middle and high school science teachers excited by World Brain Day can get a jump on planning for the upcoming school year with the resources available in BrainU, last featured in the 08-03-2018 issue of the Scout Report. The project continues to be an excellent repository of lesson plans, engaging classroom activities, and resources to help busy educators.
Science educators may be interested in BrainU, an educational neuroscience project for teachers directed by Janet Dubinsky, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. BrainU offers material for K-12 teachers to begin teaching about brain science and to aid their students' learning processes. Under the Lessons tab, readers will find more than 50 well-developed lesson plans that are organized by grade level, length, and learning situation (e.g. classroom, laboratory, or experiential station). At the top of the Lessons page are links to BrainU's Neuroscience Concepts and Activities pages, which are curriculum planning aids accessible by clicking the appropriate grade level (e.g., "Pre-3" or "9-12"). Under the Cool Stuff tab, viewers will find links to curated collections of animations, images, and other visual materials available for classroom use. The Neuroscience tab leads readers to a collection of supplementary teaching materials, such as activities for review, a suggested reading list for teachers, and a glossary of neuroscience terms. BrainU offers a unique way for science teachers to enhance their curriculum and their students' learning.