Pullman,- WSU students will work extremely hard to impress 180 Idaho elementary school judges at the annual Kids Judge! event held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 4 at Beasley Coliseum.
As part of the National Brain Awareness Week Campaign, Kids Judge! is a unique opportunity for WSU students to communicate science to children.
The 5th graders spend the day observing brain activity stations, created by WSU neurophysiology students, and exploring many important functions of the brain.
(Photo from the Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair at Penn Arts and Sciences)
At the end of the event, the 5th graders judge which brain model they enjoyed and learned from the most.
One interesting activity station this year is called, “Why Candy Makes You Hyper.” This station allows the children to see how candy affects the energy level of their brains.
“The key is learning to communicate science for the college students. Not only are the 5th graders benefiting from the knowledge, the college students are reinforcing their own understanding of the information,” said Sandi Brabb, assistant director of the neuroscience program in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
WSU President, Elson Floyd plans to attend Kids Judge! along with Glen Johnson, Mayor of Pullman and Nancy Chaney, Mayor of Moscow, Idaho.
Kids Judge! is supported by in part by Washington State University, MetLife Foundation, and the Palouse Discovery Science Center.