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Brain Day

Join us to celebrate our unique and intriguing brain!

Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.

Mind and Brain: Engaging the Neuroscience of Mindfulness

  • Dr. B Grace BullockDr. B. Grace Bullock — psychologist, research scientist, mindfulness educator, speaker, science journalist and author

B. Grace Bullock, Ph.D., is the author of the acclaimed book, Mindful Relationships: 7 Skills for Success – Integrating the Science of Mind, Body & Brain. Her research focuses on the use of physiological and psycho-educational interventions to build stress resilience across the lifespan. 

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Saturday, February 27, 9 a.m.–noon

Brain Day ActivitiesFamilies welcome!

Every half hour, a set of interactive, family activities to engage and explore our brain functions.

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9 a.m–12 p.m. — Welcome Center

Participants will join the digital Welcome Center, then be split into the following meeting rooms:

9–9:30 a.m.

“Classroom” (25 minutes)

Beginning Mindfulness: Breathe, It’s Important! (CAPS)
Practice breathing in ways that can help reduce stress and build mindfulness skills!
Age: Middle school and older

“Playroom” (25 minutes)

Elementary Session — Sensory games: Explore your nose
Come explore the power of your nose! Supply ideas: Blindfold, containers/ziplock bag, objects to smell (banana peel, coffee, candy cane, etc.)
Age: Elementary to middle school

“Lab” (10- to 15-minute activities)

Optical illusions and crafts
Don't always believe what your eyes tell you! Supplies provided in the breakout room.
Fun for all ages!

“Lecture Hall”

Dr. Grace Bullock Talk Replay
Missed Thursday evening’s talk with Dr. Grace Bullock?  Here's your chance to get caught up!

9:30–10 a.m.

“Classroom” (25 minutes)

Beginning Mindfulness: Being in the Present (CAPS)
Learn an easy-to-use mindfulness practice that can help you slow down and tune into where you are in the present moment!
Age: Middle school and older

“Playroom” (25 minutes)

Rainbow activity/Play-Doh brain
Have you ever dreamt up an imaginary animal? If so, what mights it's brain look like? Here's your chance to imagine and create a brand-new brain!

“Lab” (10- to 15-minute activities)

Middle School/High School session — Sensory games: Taste test
Experience the power of your tongue! Supplies: Cotton swab/dixie cup, salt water, sugar water, lemon juice, tonic water, etc.
Age: Middle to high school

10–10:30 a.m.

“Classroom” (25 minutes)

Mindful YogaMoves at your Desk
Learn way to sit and move at your desk for a mindful day. Seated practice.
Age: High school and older

“Playroom” (25 minutes)

Family Session — Now you see it activity
Test the power of your memory! Supplies: pen and paper.
Fun for the whole family

“Lab” (10- to 15-minute activities)

Backyard brain demos
Science equipment doesn't have to cost thousands! Come explore how our brain communicates with our body (and maybe add a few items to your Christmas wish list in the process!).

“Lecture Hall”

Dr. Grace Bullock Talk Replay
Missed Thursday evening’s talk with Dr. Grace Bullock?  Here's your chance to get caught up!

10:30–11 a.m.

“Classroom” (25 minutes)

Mindful YogaMoves with a chair
Simple yoga moves with a chair. Using your chair as a movement partner to stay in a mindful zone.
Age: High school and older

“Playroom” (25 minutes)

Family Session — Trivia
Parents vs Kids!  Come test your knowledge of everything Brain Day related! Supplies: Smart phone (Kahoot app).

“Lab” (10- to 15-minute activities)

Guided dissection of brain
Have you ever seen the inside of a sheep brain? What about the size of a real human brain? If not, join us here to explore the most powerful organ in our body!

11–11:30 a.m.

“Classroom” (25 minutes)

Open conversation with faculty (Neuroscience)
Have questions about the brain? Come meet with a panel of faculty who will answer your questions and provide unique insight as to how the brain works to modulate stress from various perspectives.

“Playroom” (25 minutes)

Family Session — Brain Game Family Challenge
Looking for revenge after the trivia session? Here's your chance.

“Lab” (10- to 15-minute activities)

Cerebrospinal fluid egg demo
How does our body prevent brain damage, you ask? Experience the importance of the skull and cerebrospinal fluid! Supplies: Mason jar, egg, water

“Lecture Hall”

Dr. Grace Bullock Talk Replay
Missed Thursday evening’s talk with Dr. Grace Bullock?  Here's your chance to get caught up!

11:30 a.m.–noon

“Classroom” (25 minutes)

Open conversation with faculty (Neuroscience)
Have questions about the brain? Come meet with a panel of faculty who will answer your questions and provide unique insight as to how the brain works to modulate stress from various perspectives.

“Playroom” (25 minutes)

Family session — Brain Game Family Challenge
Still can't take down Team Kids? Here's your last chance, Team Parents!

“Lab” (10- to 15-minute activities)

Optical illusions and Gummy bear osmosis demo
Don't always believe what your eyes tell you! Supplies provided in the breakout room.
Fun for all ages!