Neuroscience Resources for Kids

Below are a few resources that parents and teachers may use to support a child's interest in neuroscience and promote brain awareness. If you are interested in enrolling your child in a K-12 neuroscience program at UCI, check out the Brain Explorer Academy, Brain Camp and the Brain Bee.

UCI Neuroscience Resources

Brain Explorer Academy

The Brain Explorer Academy, created by UCI’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, is among the first in the world to offer children training by university professors and students in neuroscience research, scientific communication and critical thinking skills.

Brain Camp

UCI Brain Camp is a summer program for middle and high school students that offers an opportunity for immersion in neuroscience.

Brain Bee

The Irvine Brain Bee is hosted by the UC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory's Office of Outreach and Education. The goal of the Irvine Brain Bee is to inspire high school students in Orange County to learn about the brain and provide opportunities for engagement with university students and professors.

Additional Neuroscience Resources for Kids

Frontiers for Young Minds

An open-access scientific journal written by scientists and reviewed by a board of kids and teens. is a public information initiative of the The Kavli Foundationthe Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and the Society for Neuroscience. It is a global nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing brain research.

3D Brain

Explore this interactive brain map that allows you to rotate in 3-dimentional space!

BrainFacts Book

BrainFacts is a free primer on the brain and nervous system, published by the Society for Neuroscience. Brain Facts is a valuable resource for secondary school teachers and students, especially those preparing to participate in the Irvine Brain Bee. Click to download the PDF!

Brains On! Podcast

Brains On! is a National Public Radio (NPR) podcast featuring science for kids and curious adults. Includes the following brain-related episodes: Memory and deja vu, Thinkin' Stinkin': Why we smell, Tick Tock and the Circadian Clock and more!

Brain Sections

Ever wonder what the brain of a giant anteater or a polar bear look like? Explore brain sections from various organisms here!

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Neuroscientifically Challenged

These 2-Minute Neuroscience videos will help you learn the basics of neuroscience in short, easy-to-understand snippets. You may want to pause, rewind, re-watch, use the closed captioning, and/or look at the transcript in the info section of the video---especially if you are learning this material for the first time.