Eighth International School On Mind, Brain And Education

2013 July 30 - August 04

Science Education
in the Digital Era

Directors: Antonio M. Battro, Kurt W. Fischer and Diego Golombek
Program officer: MarĂ­a Lourdes Majdalani

Abstract: Juliana Porto
Harvard University, USA

Scientists of the future program: getting started in neuroscience in Highschool in Brazil
The Scientists of the Future Program (SFP) started in 2010 for public High school students that had previously participated in the Science Education Project at the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal (ELS-IINN), Brazil. This program is an unique opportunity for students to be introduced to brain research, allowing them to acquire fundamental knowledge in neuroscience and participating in hands-on experimentation assisted by professional neuroscientists working in the ELS-IINN. From theory to practical experiences that cover preparation of solutions, histological techniques, electrophysiology, behavior studies and construct of microelectrodes, a scientific critical sense is gradually stimulated. The SFP excites young scientific initiation by encouraging early commitment to careers related to research and development.