The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is supporting middle and high school teachers who return to the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) year-after-year, benefiting not only those teachers’ students and peer educators, but the CNT’s education programs and researchers as well.
Jessica Owen is a participant in one of the Center for Neurotechnology’s transcutaneous spinal stimulation studies, which is ground-breaking research aimed at noninvasively improving upper body function for people with spinal cord injury. Owen has discovered that gradual functional improvements she gained through her participation in the study have added up to a big difference in her quality of life, leading to increased independence.
Derived from a course for students to create solutions to neural engineering problems, the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) Hackathon is a weekend-long event where student teams have 36 hours to create novel technology that fulfills the CNT mission: Improve health and function by engineering neural devices.
“This hackathon is a chance to [focus on] neural work with engineering principles. I think it’s fun to commit yourself to a project for a weekend and have that to focus on,” said Jackson Chin, a hackathon participant and senior in bioengineering at the University of Washington (UW).
The Brain Awareness Week Open House, organized by CNT Executive and Education Director, Eric Chudler, brings neuroscience to life every year for hundreds of elementary, middle and high school students from the Greater Seattle Area.
Many K-12 students learn about the brain and nervous system in their science coursework. However, most of these students don’t ever get the opportunity to talk to a neuroscientist and learn about his or her research. Founded by the Dana Foundation and the Society for Neuroscience, Brain Awareness Week promotes these kinds of unique interactions and encourages people of all ages, including K-12 students, to learn about the field of neuroscience and its applicability to everyday life.