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Neuroanatomy - Gr 8-9

Education Unlimited - Neuroanatomy - Gr 8-9

In this course, students will learn the anatomy and physiology of various systems in the brain and apply what they know to fictitious neurological patients. Specifically, we will focus on the cerebral cortex, various sub-cortical structures, the visual system, somatosensory system, and the motor system in the brain and spinal cord. The culminating event on Friday will be a case-studies test where students will “act” like neurologists to predict where a lesion in the brain or spinal cord is in a person, as well as “acting” like neuroradiologists in order to predict the symptoms and prognosis of patients with particular nervous system lesions. 

We will be using a combination of picture- and video-intensive lectures and hands-on activities such as building model systems using Play-doh or Model Magic, dissecting a sheep brain, and engaging in lab activities and demos in order to explore the neuroanatomy of the visual system (Monday), somatosensory systems (Tuesday) and the motor systems (Wednesday and Thursday). Campers will get to research various local labs prior to the Wednesday field trip, which will include touring a neuroimaging facility and a neuroscience lab, guest lectures by the researchers in those labs, and several Q&A sessions. The culminating assessment will be a partner test on Friday where campers get to “diagnose” fictitious patients coming to a neurology clinic as well as predict symptoms of a person based on pictures of their brain or spinal cord “radiographic images”.

On Friday afternoon, parents will rotate to various stations staffed by the campers to experience some of the activities and labs for themselves, and then be taught neuroanatomy by the campers.

Enrichment Activities in the afternoons and evenings give campers the opportunity for informal science learning, as well as leadership and problem-solving training through workshops, experiments, guest speakers, and recreational activities. Students will also attend a mid-program excursion to a local science venue.

To register for this session: 

Use the Apply Now link

On page 3 of the application, select the following: 

Camp Category: Science Camps for Girls

Camp Name: Neuroanatomy - Gr 8-9

  • Rising 9-10 grade students should also consider Neuroanatomy, Astrophysics and Robotics programs offered at Stanford, MIT, Tufts and UCLA.
  • Rising 6-8 grade students should also consider the Astronomy and Robotics programs offered at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA.
  • Rising 6-8 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Astronomy and Marine Science programs offered at Stanford and UC Berkeley.
  • Rising 7-9 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Robotics  program offered at Caltech.
  • Rising 8-9 grade female students should also consider the Science Camp For Girls Robotics programs offered at Stanford.


Neuroanatomy - Gr 8-9 - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy, PhD (Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, PhD — Camp Director


Education Unlimited - Jennifer Brakeman, PhD (Instructor)

Jennifer Brakeman, PhD — Instructor

Dr. Brakeman is a dedicated high school science teacher who holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. For more than 20 years, she has been one of the most beloved teachers at the prestigious...


Education Unlimited - Erica Ho (Neuroanatomy Instructor)

Erica Ho — Neuroanatomy Instructor

Erica is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Yale University, and her research focuses on the systems neuroscience of social behavior. After receiving her BA in psychology from Cornell University in 2013, Erica spent three years as a full-time research assistant and later research coordinator at the Child Mind Institute's Center for the...


Education Unlimited - Lauren Patrick (Instructor)

Lauren Patrick — Instructor

Lauren is currently a PhD student at Yale University in the Neuroscience area of Psychology. Prior to this she gained a strong foundation in neuroscience during her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St Louis.

She has spent the past five years working in a variety of cognitive neuroscience labs at Washington University, Duke...


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jun 24th - Jun 29th 8th - 9th UC Berkeley $2,125.00 – $2,695.00
Jul 29th - Aug 3rd 8th - 9th Stanford University $2,125.00 – $2,795.00