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Jello brains teach students at Brain Blast
Students show off a Jello brain at the Brain Blast event on March 19, 2017 (Mark Villani / CTV Saskatoon)
Published Sunday, March 19, 2017 2:31PM CST
There were Jello brains on display at City Hospital on Sunday to help teach kids about different parts of the brain.
University students from the U of S gave kids the chance to understand different brain structures. They also showed the importance of wearing a helmet to protect brains – even breaking some eggs to show what happens when a head isn’t protected.
“We’re studying all the pathologies,” said Lisa Poon, coordinator of Brain Awareness Week. “We have a lot of focus on Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, so we’re really fortunate that we have quite a few neuroscientists working on different areas.”
Activities around the event helped give elementary students a better understanding of the brain and encouraged them to get involved in science.
“We’re really hoping that Brain Blast just inspires children to go into a science field,” Poon said.
Neuroscience students spent Brain Awareness Week touring 32 classrooms across Saskatoon, teaching more than 800 elementary school students about the brain.