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'BRAIN POWER' HELPS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES

 SEATTLE, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Pacific Science Center:
 WHAT:
 "Brain Power," a new traveling science van, teaches neuroscience and health to middle school students statewide.
 It features a pre-visit workshop for a teacher and six students, an all-school assembly, a hands-on exhibit/lab, and follow-up science/health curriculum to help students understand the brain and how it affects behavior.
 Among other activities, students can "drive" a video game programmed as if they were drunk, learn how the brain processes stress and explore visualizing as a way of improving motor skills.
 WHO:
 The "Brain Power" Van is co-produced by Pacific Science Center and Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound.
 The "Brain Power" Van is part of the "Making Connections, Making Choices" program, a consortium of the University of Washington, Group Health Cooperative, Pacific Science Center and the Washington Association for Biomedical Research.
 "Making Connections, Making Choices" is funded by the National Institutes of Health/the National Institute of Mental Health.
 As part of the Pacific Science Center's education outreach program, science vans travel to schools throughout Washington state. The Science Center has eight vans: "Waste Busters," "Physics on Wheels," "Robot Van," "Science on Wheels," "Blood and Guts," "Space Odyssey," "Rock and Roll" and "Brain Power." Group Health Cooperative also sponsors the "Blood and Guts" van.
 WHY:
 The "Brain Power" Van promotes interest in health and science among middle school students, since studies have shown that students' interest in science drops at that age. Pacific Science Center and Group Health are committed to eliminating scientific illiteracy by making science fun, intriguing, and exciting, and encouraging students to consider pursuing science-related careers.
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 /CONTACT: Ellie Altenhof of Pacific Science Center, 206-443-2879; or Marc Osborn of Group Health Cooperative, 206-448-5919/


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