The Brain Bus
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What is the Brain Bus?
The Brain Bus is a mobile neuroscience laboratory that empowers communities and enriches the lives of Southern Arizonans. Our curriculum covers K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade education, along with adult education.
Prenatal and baby brain development
Adolescent brain development
The aging brain
Common clinical disorders
Three of our board members, Abhay Sanan, MD, Nadia Fike, MD, PhD and Lynne Oland, PhD, are uniquely qualified to oversee this project. As physicians, Dr. Sanan and Dr. Fike see the effects of brain and nervous system diseases every day. As scientists, Dr. Fike and Dr. Oland have studied the cells of the brain and nervous system, as well as the functional circuits that process information, cognition, and mediate behavior.
Brain Bus Goals
Provide a school and family-friendly setting filled with content-rich, enjoyable activities that engage K-12 student to learn about the brain health.
Increase public awareness of the amazing capacity of the brain, how it develops, how it ages, and how to protect it.
Create opportunities for partnerships with teachers, providers, and non-profit organizations interested in brain health, learning/education, and brain rehabilitation that will bring knowledge about the brain to the public.
New and Improved Brain Bus!
Artist: Keerthi Kurian, 2020
The ceiling of the Brain Bus got a facelift!
We can't wait until the Brain Bus is back again and available to the public. We hope everyone will get to expereince this amazing artwork and get back to all the fun the bus has to offer. Updates will be made when the Brain Bus is active once again. We hope to see you soon!
Previous Brain Bus Events
Pima Community College NW, SARSEF STEM Adventure
November 17, 2023
Students from all over Southern Arizona were bussed to the campus for STEM Adventure. Even the security guard found something new to try.
Truly Nolen Car Show
November 11, 2023
Beautiful weather greeted the Brain Bus at the Truly Nolen Campus, where the competition for the hottest vehicle was rough. Luckily, there were also plenty of people eager to learn about the brain.
TMC Spooktacular Saturday
October 28, 2023
Costumed children and adults were excited to see the Brain Bus and try out the activities and collect some treats.
Watermark - Hacienda at the River
October 24, 2023
The Hacienda at the River invited the Brain Bus to attend their health fair. Residents, their family members and staff enjoyed meeting our volunteers and trying out some of the neuroscience activities.
Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint
September 24, 2023
Before and after the race, girl scouts and their fans visited the Brain Bus for some Neuroscience activities to learn about the Brain. The found it challenging to high five in prism glasses.
Pima County Sheriff Department's Badges and Backpacks
June 17, 2023
Students preparing for back to school visited the Brain Bus to participate in Neuroscience activities and create a neuron to attach to their new backpacks.
Be Safe Saturday
March 18, 2023
We were showing kids and their families how to keep their brains protected and encouraging helmet wearing. Participants created "helmets" for raw eggs and we dropped them off a ladder. One firefighter, who visited the Brain Bus, was proud to show that his egg survived the fall.
Tucson Festival of Books
March 12 - 13, 2023
The Brain Bus was at Science City on the U of A mall. Hundreds of people visited to try some of our fun neuroscience activities and learn about their amazing brains!
February 18, 2023
Great weather greeted the Brain Bus and some new volunteers at the Children’s Museum for Family SciFest. Children and adults were fascinated with the Brain Zoo.