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Jackson 5th graders study neurobiology at York College

Posted on December 1st, 2018

For the second year in a row, a York College professor recently hosted a group of 5th graders from Jackson K-8 for “Neurobiology Brain Day.”

Dr. Daniel Curlick and his behavioral neuroscience students planned the day of kid-friendly experiments to teach them about the brain and its functions. The lesson included observations of real human and animal brains.

“Our students absolutely loved looking at all the different kinds of brains. They were so inquisitive and had all kinds of questions, both about the brain and college life in general,” said Leyna Rozon, the Communities in Schools coordinator for Jackson.

Rozon said the students had lots of questions: How do impact sports, like football, affect the brain in the long term? When does your brain stop growing? What happens if your brain does not reach its full size?”

The day included transportation in a campus shuttle and lunch in a campus dining hall.

“I think it definitely sparked an interest in several of our students to learn more about science and about pursuing higher education,” Rozon said.

Last year, Dr. Curlick’s York College students planned “Brain Day” as part of their coursework. Dr. Curlick did not teach that course this year but still wanted to host the event for Jackson students.

“So he reached out to all of his former students, and those that had not graduated all agreed to take the time out of their busy schedules and volunteer for this event, “Rozon said. “This was not part of class, they did not receive any credits or fulfill any volunteer hours for this. They simply did this out of the goodness of their hearts.”


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