The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) will hold a free, family-friendly Discovery Day on Sunday afternoon, 1-4 p.m., March 24th, 2019.
It takes place at 308 Research Drive, Durham.
This is a free event.
Learners of all ages will enjoy an afternoon learning about the brain.
There will be:
- The chance to touch a real brain
Free parking in the Circuit Drive lot, off LaSalle Street. Volunteers will be on hand to direct traffic and help get visitors to the “Cube.”
This year, the free event will offer a sensory-friendly visiting time, from noon to 1 p.m. that day. Children and adults who need a quieter, less-crowded environment, are invited to attend during that time. The Duke A+ Study, NIH Autism Center of Excellence, at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, is again co-sponsoring the event. Last year, they provided general information and interactive computer equipment that helped attendees understand more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and communications challenges experienced by many diagnosed with ASD. Similar ASD-related information and activities will be available at this year’s event.
Last year, a record crowd of more than 450 learners of all ages attended the event. Youngsters, their parents, and grandparents crowded around tables featuring preserved brains and brain slices, eager to touch an actual human brain (see picture, below). The event fosters the DIBS education mission, as well as community outreach. Graduate students helped people learn how the brain accommodates changes in vision, using special goggles and bean bags to throw at targets. Bass Connections Brain & Society teams, including students and faculty, exhibited their findings for the year, and the event was co-sponsored by the Duke A+ Study, NIH Autism Center of Excellence, at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, which brought interactive computer equipment to help attendees understand communications challenges experienced by those on the autism spectrum. Jonathan Frederick, NC Science Festival director, tweeted after the event: “Thank you, @dukebrain. Perfect mix of access to science spaces, science experts and innovative activities!”