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Neuroanatomy - Gr 9-10

Majors: Campers will choose one scientific area in which to major.  This will be the subject that they will study through out the week.   

Neuroanatomy Majors:

In this major, students will learn the anatomy and physiology of various systems in the brain and apply what they know to fictitious neurological patients. Specifically, we will focus on the cerebral cortex, various sub-cortical structures, the visual system, somatosensory system, and the motor system in the brain and spinal cord. The culminating event on Friday will be a case-studies test where you will “act” like neurologists to predict where a lesion in the brain or spinal cord is in a person, as well as “acting” like neuroradiologists in order to predict the symptoms and prognosis of patients with particular nervous system lesions. 

We will be using a combination of picture- and video-intensive lectures and hands-on activities such as building model systems using Play-doh or Model Magic, dissecting a sheep brain, and engaging in lab activities and demos in order to explore the neuroanatomy of the visual system (Monday), somatosensory systems (Tuesday) and the motor systems (Wednesday and Thursday). Campers will get to research various local labs prior to the Wednesday field trip, which will include touring a neuroimaging facility and a neuroscience lab, guest lectures by the researchers in those labs, and several Q&A sessions. The culminating assessment will be a partner test on Friday where campers get to “diagnose” fictitious patients coming to a neurology clinic as well as predict symptoms of a person based on pictures of their brain or spinal cord “radiographic images”.

On Friday afternoon, parents will rotate to various stations staffed by the campers to experience some of the activities and labs for themselves, and then be taught neuroanatomy by the campers.

Enrichment Activities in the afternoons and evenings give campers the opportunity for informal science learning, as well as leadership and problem-solving training through workshops, experiments, guest speakers, and recreational activities. Students will also attend a mid-program excursion to a local science venue.


Neuroanatomy - Gr 9-10 - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Tara Lira (Neuroanatomy Instructor)

Tara Lira — Neuroanatomy Instructor

Tara’s background is in psychology and neuroscience and she’s currently studying for her Master of Arts at the Teachers College of Columbia University.

For the past six years she has been working with kids and teens within both counseling and education positions. This includes as an STEM Instructor at the Center for Talented Youth at John...


Education Unlimited - Lauren Patrick (Neuroanatomy Instructor)

Lauren Patrick — Neuroanatomy Instructor

Lauren is currently a PhD student at Yale University in the Neuroscience area of Psychology. Prior to this she gained a strong foundation in neuroscience during her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St Louis.

She has spent the past five years working in a variety of cognitive neuroscience labs at Washington University, Duke...


Education Unlimited - Gladys Velez Caicedo (Astrophysics and Robotics Instructor)

Gladys Velez Caicedo — Astrophysics and Robotics Instructor

Gladys Velez Caicedo is a technical instructor in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  A graduate of Columbia University in New York City, Gladys holds a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy & physics.  Gladys has conducted high energy particle astrophysics at various labs around the world, such as...


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.



Upcoming Sessions
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Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jul 8th - Jul 14th 9th - 10th Stanford University $2,170.00 – $2,965.00
Jul 15th - Jul 21st 9th - 10th Tufts University $2,520.00 – $2,965.00
Jul 30th - Aug 3rd 9th - 10th Cambridge, MA Day: $1,245.00
Aug 5th - Aug 11th 9th - 10th UCLA $2,520.00 – $2,965.00