BrainReach during COVID-19:
We are pleased to announce a return to in-person workshops as well as virtual workshops in accordance with the latest COVID-19 guidelines. All our in-person volunteers will respect each school's unique safety precautions.
Who We Are
BrainReach is an award-winning, not-for-profit, community outreach program managed by graduate students in Montreal. We provide fun, interactive neuroscience-based workshops to young students at the elementary (Grade 4) and high school (Secondary 3) level in under-resourced neighbourhoods around Montreal. IPN is the largest neuroscience graduate program in Canada, with over 320 Masters and Ph.D. students - we're perfect for this role.
We want to extend the enthusiasm for science shown by our graduate students into Montreal's classrooms, and show these students that:
What We Do
Each month, for six to eight months, IPN graduate students visit the same classrooms at the chosen schools. They lead a 45-60 minute interactive workshop, created with "brain based learning" in mind and specially designed to captivate young minds. Each month, they present a different facet of neuroscience that is relevant to the pupils.
In our past season, we had over 100 BrainReach educators teach at over 30 elementary and high schools in both French and English. We reach over 1000 students each year!
Neuroscience defines who and what we are; its study is ideal for engaging pupils - who are still discovering themselves, and exploring what and who they intend to become. Having enthusiastic young neuroscientists teach students allows them to share their passion for neuroscience and learning in general. Further, this becomes a valuable opportunity for graduate students to learn the art of teaching.
We are part of a larger network of outreach programs based in Montreal. To learn more about these programs, visit Science Outreach McGill and its partner groups.
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