STEPHENVILLE (June 29, 2018) – Tarleton State University is hosting a neuroscience camp for students entering 10th through 12th grade on July 9 through July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon and will be held in the Math Building Room 222.
The cost for the camp is $150. The cost will cover a book, a certificate of completion, equipment for an electroencephalogram (EEG), electrodes, synapse cream, hardware, software and materials for an electrophysiology machine.
According to the neuroscience camp flyer, campers will delve into the science of the brain and learn to run the electroencephalogram (EEG), a tool for measuring brain activity. Students will watch brain activity measurements behind the scenes in a neuroscience lab. Students will complete hands-on activities such as mapping their brain. This camp will be taught by a neuroscientist/experimental neurosurgeon at Tarleton State University. This course is meant to provide students that are interested in going to college in STEM fields with an experience in college research.
Dr. Amber Harris-Bozer, an assistant professor in the department of psychological sciences, explains more about what the students will be doing during the neuroscience camp and why it’s a great opportunity for students.
“In high schools, they don’t really cover the brain in-depth or cellular activity, and so I’m going to talk to them about what I do as a neuroscientist, and then they’re actually going to do some hands-on neuroscience,” Harris-Bozer said. “So they’ll see an action potential in real time, and they’ll learn to use the EEG to record brain activity, which is a really big opportunity for students in high school. A lot of times, the people that get to do that are graduate students at a university so this is a big deal for them.”
Harris-Bozer created this camp after getting the chance to talk to some high school students.
“I wanted to get them in my lab because I was so inspired by everything that they knew and how hard they were working,” Harris-Bozer said. “This is the first year that we’ve created this high school camp and the graduate students and undergraduate students that I train in my lab are helping me build it and create it and that’s really helpful since it’s the first time.”
Harris-Bozer said she wanted to expose students to neuroscience at an early age to get them thinking about their future.
“I didn’t think when I was in high school that I would think that I would be a neuroscientist,” Harris-Bozer said. “It just wasn’t something that I was exposed to, but as soon as I was exposed to that in graduate school, it kind of changed my life and it’s been really satisfying for me. So I want to give back to the community and show young people that this is a career that’s out there and invite them to explore options that they might have never thought about before.”
Harris-Bozer said it’s hard to get high school students interested in summer camp, but that the goal is to “recruit young people to science by showing them things that they may have never seen before in their high school courses.”
Harris-Bozer said she hopes that the students will enjoy the camp and that they “will see new things and that they will be excited about choosing a career that makes them happy.”
“I hope that they’ll learn by seeing new things and that they can locate a career that would make them feel satisfied with their life,” Harris-Bozer said.