I: MYSTERY


YOUR BRAIN: THE MOST MYSTERIOUS OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE

Scientists are detectives who actively seek and solve the world's greatest mysteries. Neuroscientists are detectives who solve some of the most relevant human mysteries--ones that students are already thinking about: Why do we feel heartbreak? What is Facebook doing to our brains? Why do we dream?

Activities:

1. Students become "body-hackers"--using Backyard Brains EMG kits to visualize and hear their own neurons while flexing their biceps.

2. Groups come up with the types of questions and mysteries they think a neuroscientist might solve.

3. Students' drawings of scientists are compared against photos of black, hispanic, and female researchers who challenge stereotypes about who can become a scientist.

4. Neuroscience's greatest mystery is introduced: the relation between mind and brain. Classmates join in the two-millennium-long debate whether mind is distinct from matter.