How do we inspire the next generation of neuroscientists who will find cures for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease? This is the mission of the Firefly Foundation in Toronto, and my community partner for Canada’s first hands-on Neuroscience summer research camp that runs every July at the University of Toronto Schools.
Hello! My name is Anand Mahadevan and I am one of the recipients of the 2015 Fulbright Community Leadership Program grants. Over the last three years, I have run Bright Lights in the Lab, a research based summer camp for kids in grades 6-12 in the greater Toronto area. This camp allows students to learn about neuroscience through hands-on inquiry activities and designing labs to measure action potential speeds in earthworms, rate coding in crickets, classical condition in fruit flies and nematodes as well as learning and behavior experiments using snails. Through our partners at the Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, we allow teenagers to meet and learn from graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and scientists at the forefront of innovative neuroscience in Canada.