Office for University Outreach

Promoting Brain Development and Health through Neuroscience Education

Promoting Brain Development and Health through Neuroscience Education

The goal of this program is to empower K-12 students to take charge of their mental and physical health through targeted neuroscience education. Led by CU neuroscientists, this program sends CU undergraduates into area classrooms to teach children and adolescents about the brain through a series of fun activities and exercises. Once they have a basic, age-appropriate understanding of how the brain works, students learn about the effects of lifestyle choices on brain development and mental health. In this way students, their families and teachers are able to apply emerging neuroscience research findings to their lifestyle choices to improve their cognitive functioning and emotional wellbeing. Current outreach efforts target elementary and middle schools (K-8), and are offered during the academic year. However, we are developing additional learning opportunities for high school students, families and educators. Please visit our website or contact us if you are interested in learning more about this unique opportunity.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


In Colorado
This program takes place in over 10 Colorado cities.
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  • Aurora
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Castle Rock
  • Denver
  • Eldorado Springs
  • Erie
  • Federal Heights
  • Gunbarrel
  • Jamestown
  • Lafayette
  • Lakewood
  • Littleton
  • Longmont
  • Louisville
  • Nederland
  • Niwot
  • Superior
  • Westminster

Online Resource

Program Partners

  • CU Teach

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Integrative Physiology, Department of
  • Psychology & Neuroscience, Department of

Research Institutes & Centers

  • Cognitive Science (ICS), Institute of

Program Contact

Nicole Speer
Director of Operations, Intermountain Neuroimaging Consortium


Topics Program Types Audiences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Education (K-12)
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • After School Activity/Instruction
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Community Event
  • Lesson Plans/Teaching Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Public Lecture/Demonstration
  • Families
  • General Public
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School


neuroscience, health, brain, development, mental health, wellness, cognition, psychology, K-12, education, science education, Marie Banich, Monique LeBourgeois