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Frontiers for Young Minds

Frontiers for Young Minds

Science by and for kids ages 8-15

The Toughest Audience: Presenting Your Research to a Panel of Kids

Frontiers for Young Minds hosted its first live review event at the Chabot Space and Science Center as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. Researchers presented their work in 5-minute presentations, and then were questioned by a panel of Young Reviewers – ages 9-17 – in front of a live audience.

November 17, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Students Get Creative When Competing to Study Genes in Space

Creativity may not be a term that the average person would associate with DNA research or space exploration, but the youth science competition Genes in Space is showing students and teachers that the concepts actually go hand-in-hand. The competition introduces students to cutting-edge technology, asks them to propose real-world questions about the effects of space travel on living organisms, teams students up with science experts, and then performs the winning experiment on the International Space Station.

July 14, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Never Perfect: Making Research Decisions about Close Enough for Now

Imagine you have been plopped in the middle of a desert and asked to make a geologic map of the surrounding square mile over the next seven hours. What would you do? How would you start? Making decisions in this kind of setting depends on interpreting your surroundings enough to create working hypotheses that will help you decide where to go, when and what to look for once you get there

June 23, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Trying for Fun, and Ending Up with a Textbook Instead

In the process of trying to design an article that did not feel like a textbook, we created an article that reminded kids of just that. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that knowing about your audience is the same as knowing what they actually like

June 16, 2015 — Amanda Baker

Name That Tune: What Parts of Our Brains Do We Use for Naming Songs?

Proper nouns are names for unique persons, places, and things. One of these “things” can be songs. Songs have specific names, such as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” or “Jingle Bells.” When you hear a song, you often think of its name. We conducted a scientific study to find out which parts of the brain are important for naming a famous song. We already had some clues about which brain region might be important – we knew from previous research that the left temporal pole (LTP) is an important brain region for naming proper nouns.

May 26, 2015 — Amy M. Belfi and Daniel Tranel

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