The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) will sponsor its fifth annual Neuroscience Exposition at Zoo Atlanta on Saturday March 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The event will feature 25 to 30 interactive exhibits around the Zoo for both children and adults to learn more about the brain and how it works and to learn about animal and human social behavior.
The interactive exhibits include touching a real human brain, measuring your own brainwaves (EEG), creating brain art, a prize wheel and lots of other great educational fun. In addition, the Zoo will be hosting more animal behavior demonstrations throughout the day (including elephants and gorillas) so that visitors can see these techniques in action.
"One of our aims overall is just to get people jazzed about science," says Dr. Kyle Frantz of Georgia State University and director of the Exposition. "It's amazing how little people know about careers in science. We want them to be enthusiastic about science and we want to help students see themselves in a science career."
The exposition is funded by the CBN, a consortium of Atlanta area colleges and universities, including Emory University, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, and the five schools of the Atlanta University Center, with a membership of more than 90 neuroscientists from these institutions. The exposition is held each March in conjunction with national Brain Awareness Month, which includes visits by CBN scientists to several metro Atlanta schools.
It's all part of raising awareness and interest in science, something Dr. Frantz believes is important to everyone. "On a national level, the further we fall behind other industrialized nations, the less effectively we compete in the global economy," she said. "In the state of Georgia, we rank very low in science and math test scores, so we have a high need to elevate awareness in science, interest in science, and maybe most importantly, enthusiasm for science."