As part of Brain Awareness Week, UNAM and the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles organized a day of science and fun activities for Spanish speaking students. For a couple of hours, students learned about the wonderful world of neuroscience through games and activities aimed at fostering their interest in this field, as well as teaching them how to take care of their minds and bodies. There were four groups of students that attended the event from the neighboring schools of Esperanza, Camino Nuevo and Heart of LA (HOLA).
The event included six dynamic exhibits with games and crafts, four digital learning stations, and eight lectures by leading neuroscientists from UCLA. Kids learned about the different parts and functions of the brain, how this organ relates to our senses, and how neurons help us transmit information across our bodies.
Through entertaining lectures, scientists explained to the students some of the diseases that affect the brain and how to take care of this very important organ. Among the subjects discussed were strokes, memory loss, Huntington disease, epilepsy, autism, medicine and emotional intelligence.
Check out the video of the event!