Neuroscience Institute hosts summer research program for high school students

The Promoting Our Worth as Entrepreneurs and Researchers in Innovative Technology (POWER-IT) program is a collaborative effort with three Atlanta area high schools to introduce a hands-on neuroscience curriculum along with teachers to enrich the scientific experience for a diverse population of students interested in science.  POWER-IT is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Neuroscience Institute.  POWER-IT is a research-based intervention program that promotes Georgia high school students’ education to prepare for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) during the school year. The POWER-IT Summer Academy provides high school students with an exciting week-long program of research training activities at MSM. Dr. Byron Ford is PI and Director of the POWER-IT program.

The POWER-IT curriculum is comprised of research modules that are accompanied by hands-on activities overseen by POWER-IT faculty and teachers from respective schools including: the Scientific Method (SM) with a problem based learning module on the SM, gross brain anatomy, hands-on sheep brain dissection, comparative brain anatomy, basic histology, immunostaining and  basic neuronal cell function. The Summer Academy held at MSM focuses on understanding the structure and function of the normal brain and of the injured brain, including stroke and traumatic brain injury, using current technologies that support neuroscience research. The program offers two one-week sessions as follows: June 9 – 13, 2014 and June 23 – 27, 2014. The three high schools are: North Springs Charter High School, Gwinnett School of Math-Science and Technology and Arabia Mountain High School