Brain Awareness Week at the University of Montana


 Brain Awareness Week at the University of Montana

Powered by We Are Montana in the Classroom

March 15,16 &17 and March 23 & 24

This Program is FREE to ALL Montana schools!


Registration is now OPEN!

All classrooms registering will receive a daily BRAIN GAME activity video during Brain Awareness Week! 

At We Are Montana in the Classroom’s distance-learning Brain Awareness Week, UM faculty members from an array of academic disciplines will share their research and lead hands-on and minds-on activities in the study of the most complex organ in the human body. Sessions of approximately 45 minutes will be open to elementary, middle-school, and high-school audiences throughout the week of March 15, 16 &17. Sessions will be open March 23 &24  for schools who have Spring Break during the first week. Presenters will include:

Brains and Robots!
For Elementary School Students  
Wednesday, March 16 1:00-1:50 pm and 2:00-2:50 pm
and Wednesday, March 23 1:00-2:00 pm
Dr. Rachel Severson, assistant professor of developmental psychology, who studies how children think about personified technology (robots) as having thoughts, emotions, and the capacity to be friends;  during her presentation, she will share with students the robot she uses for her research.

For Middle School Students
Tuesday, March 15 9:00- 9:50 am and 10:00-10:50 am
Thursday, March 24 1:00-2:00 pm

Dr. Catherine Off, assistant professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, directs UM’s Big Sky Aphasia Program, which works with stroke patients to improve speech, language, and cognitive function. Her presentation will engage students in understanding how our brains use language to create meaning.

FOOTBALL and BRAINS: Science of Concussions
For High School Students
Thursday, March 17 9:15-10:05 am and 10:15- 11:05 am
and Thursday, March 24th 10:15-11:05 am

Dr. Sarj Patel, assistant research professor in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, who is working to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) through a grant from the National Football League. He will share with students the relevance of biomedical research for athletes, including youth.

For High School Students
Wednesday, March 16 9:15-10:05 am and 10:15-11:05 am
and Wednesday, March 23 10:15-11:05 am

 Examine the skull and brain of T-Rex and learn about how the University of Montana acquired a dinosaur brain from UM's paleontologist curator, Kallie Moore.  Ms. Moore will also discuss how the T-Rex brain is helping scientists in many fields. 

Daily Brain Games Activity Video!
Dr. Amanda Duley, BrainLab manager at the University of Montana SpectrUM Discovery Area and staff scientist with UM’s Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience, holds a microbiology PhD and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Rocky Mountain Laboratories. She will lead daily brain games for elementary-school students.