UTHealth to host Brain Night for Kids at the Health Museum on March 15
What better way to teach kids about neuroscience than letting them hold a human brain? Brain Night for Kids offers that and many more fun, educational activities beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive. The free, two-hour program is sponsored by the Neuroscience Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
Brain Night for Kids, which is held during the worldwide Brain Awareness Week, is packed with activity booths aimed at teaching children from kindergarten to fifth grade how the brain works and to spark an interest in neuroscience at an early age. Demonstration topics range from brain reflexes to eye-hand coordination to comparing brains of different species. Last year, Brain Night for Kids drew more than 1,300 attendees.
“The brain is fundamental to everything we do and say as well as how we interact with others and the physical world in which we live. The earlier our children learn about their brains, the better they will understand themselves and others,” said Jack Byrne, Ph.D., director of the Neuroscience Research Center, June and Virgil Waggoner Chair and professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
Children can learn how their brain cells store memories, tell their arms and legs to move, process the images in their line of sight and interpret smells in the air.
In addition, children are encouraged to build their own nerve cell with pipe cleaners and get a face painting of a nerve cell or brain. They can also watch a bike helmet demonstration featuring an egg drop.
“The Health Museum is an important learning resource for our community, and we are proud to once again invite Houstonians of all ages to Brain Night for Kids,” said Melanie Johnson, Ed.D., president and CEO at The Health Museum. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for new and returning guests to experience for themselves all that we have to offer as Houston’s most interactive science and learning center in the heart of the Houston Museum District.”
The brain has been described as one of the final frontiers in science and the investigators at the Neuroscience Research Center are conducting diverse, multidisciplinary research to better understand neural and behavioral disorders.
At the close of the event, children receive souvenirs and walk away eager to learn more about science and the brain.
Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing, John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School, and schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry and public health. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. For more information, visit www.uth.edu.
About The Health Museum
The Health Museum, John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science, is Houston’s most interactive science & health learning center, a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. The Health Museum is the most visited museum of its kind in the country totaling more than 198,000 visitor experiences annually, and more than 3.1 million visitors and counting since its inception in 1996. Located in the heart of the city’s rich and varied Museum District, The Health Museum’s mission is to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science and the human body.
General admission to The Health Museum is free for children two and under; $8 for children 3 to 12 years old and seniors 65 and above; $10 for adults; and free on Thursdays for families. Active and retired personnel receive half-off admission for up to four people. General admission also provides access to the museum’s multiple exhibits. For more information about The Health Museum visit thehealthmuseum.org.