K-12

The Center offers research experiences, classroom visits and outreach events for children, young people and educators. These educational activities take place at our University of Washington, MIT and San Diego State University locations.

At San Diego State University, researchers and staff partner with the MESA program to connect middle school and high school students with our research. At MIT, the Center teams up with the Women’s Technology Program, which helps female high school students explore engineering and computer science.

In Seattle, the Center partners with the University of Washington’s Math Science Upward Bound program and the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) program to serve students that are historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and students with disabilities.

Each summer, we offer a Research Experience for Teachers program for middle and high school teachers and a Young Scholars Program for high school students on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. These programs place classroom educators and high school students into Center laboratories to assist with ongoing research projects.

Teachers who take part in this summer experience help us develop K-12 lesson plans related to neural engineering, neuroscience, and STEM careers.

We welcome visits from school groups at the Center headquarters in Seattle, where students are introduced to basic concepts in neural engineering. Students also have the chance to try out devices that help explain neural engineering. We also take an active role in national events, including Brain Awareness Week and the U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Questions? Contact the CSNE's Pre-college Education Manager, Nona Clifton, for more information.