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Northwestern University’s “Big Brains” for Family Brain Fair

Following a hugely successful, capacity-crowd event last year, NU is back for 2018 with a festival of all things “brain” – with complimentary first-come, first-served registration for families.

Nearly one hundred Northwestern University Neuroscience graduate students, undergrads, and post-docs will lead families through incredible hands-on experiments and demonstrations, including stations where a child can use their brain to control someone else’s arm, and attendees can see their actual brainwaves projected onto a large screen.

“Now in its eighth year, the Brain Fair has grown beyond the founder’s wildest dreams,” says Kristen Warren, NU Brain Awareness Outreach Co-President, and a third-year NU Neuroscience Ph.D. student. “Our first year, we had a handful of NU students and families – and now we’re bringing together hundreds of kids, parents and brain experts to get excited and learn about brain science.”

The Brain Fair is open to all families, and has been shaped for elementary and middle school age students – an age range that appeals to its volunteers. “I didn’t learn about Neuroscience until high school, even – and waiting until high school is way too late” says Iva Stojkovska, NU Brain Awareness Outreach Co-President, and a third-year NU Neuroscience Ph.D. student. “Getting kids inspired early is critical – and that mission is the driver for the huge growth in our yearly volunteer base, as well as the surging attendance.”

“There are many career opportunities within the neuroscience field, and the Brain Fair will open the world of possibilities to our youth and their families.” says Sullivan principal, Chad Adams.



Registration (on a first-come basis)
Click Here to Register

Contact NU Brain Awareness for details on field trips: [email protected]

Saturday, May 5th

Sullivan High School
6631 N. Bosworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
(Enter from Bosworth Ave, Door 4SW)

Morning Session  9:00am-12:00pm
Afternoon Session  1:00pm-4:00pm


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