A Brain Health Citizen Science Curriculum + Educator Professional Development Program

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Brain Healthy builds upon the success of BrainWaves, a prior NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)-supported program, which has been successfully implemented in 25 public New York City schools, reaching over 600 students. Our new program, Brain Healthy, is responsive to one of the new areas of high SEPA programmatic interest: providing students with access to research-generated data to prepare students for data science careers. 

Brain Healthy is led by a multidisciplinary team across the University of Connecticut and New York University in partnership with public school teachers in Connecticut and New York City that primarily serve students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). 

Empowering the next generation of data scientists.

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  • A comprehensive, hands-on curriculum exploring the causes, correlates, and constituents of brain health and wellness
  • Student-led, student-centered
  • Dynamic, interactive, and engaging
  • Equipping educators with the skills and supports needed to facilitate data-driven student investigations
  • Making a difference where it matters most
  • Unlocking the power of data science for all

Driven by a world-class community of scientists, researchers, and educators.

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Contact Us

Phone: (860) 486-4031
Address: Lab-to-Classroom Research Group
Learning Sciences
Neag School of Education, Department of Educational Psychology
University of Connecticut
249 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3064
Storrs, CT 06269-3093


Brain Healthy was made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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