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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — For Providence resident Luisa Rodriguez, preparing a household outing for the weekend that was each entertaining and educational was a no-brainer.  She and hundreds of other Rhode Islanders filled a Saturday in mid-March with scientific discovery, hands-on experiments and studying by way of play at the 2023 Brown Brain Fair.

Held on the University campus at Brown’s Engineering Investigation Center as component of Brain Week Rhode Island, the cost-free, all-ages annual occasion featured scientists, researchers and volunteers from extra than 28 Brown science labs and centers to supply households the opportunity to understand about brain science with games, interactive demonstrations and hands-on exhibits.

Rodriguez participated in the weekend occasion in order to inspire and entertain her six-year-old daughter, Gabriela Sanchez, who has a all-natural curiosity for science and medicine.

“Ever considering that she was tiny, she has normally had an interest in the human physique or something with science,” mentioned Rodriguez. “Events like this can aid inspire her to take these interests additional by encouraging her to ask concerns, to be inquisitive and excite her to want to know extra about how issues operate.”

The household-focused interactive demonstrations and hands-on exhibits ranged in concentrate from psychology to brain anatomy. Dozens of tables, kiosks and booths had been set up in the Hazeltine Lobby. Brown researchers and students ranging from undergrad to post-grad have been stationed about the area engaging guests and answering concerns from sharing brain details to debunking prevalent brain myths.

Little ones and adults have been invited to attempt virtual reality goggles, deal with a preserved human brain and have their brain waves measured. At 1 of the stations, run by scientists involved with BrainGate analysis system, guests could manage a state-of-the-art robotic arm to understand how brain-pc interface technologies enables a particular person to manage an external device utilizing their brain signals. Other activity stations featured microscopes providing glimpses of brain microtissues, and pc monitors showed pictures of brain signals and 3-dimensional complete-brain diagrams.

Final held in 2019, the Brown Brain Fair is organized and managed by the Brown Brain Bee student group, in partnership with Brown’s Carney Institute for Brain Science, to educate and inspire folks to understand extra about the human brain.

Providence resident Rachel Briggs was amongst the brainy bunch that attended the fair. She came to the Brown Brain Fair to “see the bodies inside our bodies” but also wanted to expose her 9-year-old daughter, Zaharae, to new concepts and possibilities, such as a possible profession in the sciences.

“We do not know what they are going to be but, and exposure can commence to move issues in a path,” mentioned Briggs. “I am hoping they will see a thing, share a thing, appear at a thing, and then that’ll be a catalyst for what ever they are going to do in their lives.”