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The Brain Bus

Would you like us to come to your school or event?

We are happy to offer live virtual lessons or in-person, COVID restriction friendly demonstrations for your class or group!


What is 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. 

Topics include:

  • Prenatal and baby brain development

  • Adolescent brain development

  • Nutrition

  • Physical activity

  • Injury prevention

  • Literacy

  • The aging brain

  • Disease prevention

  • Common clinical disorders

  • and more!


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.


Introducing the New and Improved Brain Bus!


Artist: ​Keerthi Kurian, 2020

The ceiling of the Brain Bus got a facelift!


Previous Brain Bus Events

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Spooktacular Saturday at TMC Rincon Campus

October 29, 2022

There were lots of great costumes, including The Center for Neurosciences Foundation’s Bus – disguised as a Brain. Everyone enjoyed testing their reaction time while Noah dropped the bar over and over. Prism glass activities and the mirror boxes were also popular.

Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint

August 28, 2022


The Brain Bus rolled into Brandi Fenton Park to encourage the athletes participating in event and announce the new Girl Scout Badge that will be available soon – The Brain Badge. Kids of all ages crowded around the bus and participated in activities to challenge their brain after the big race.

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Amphi Family Resource Fair

August 24, 2022


Families from the Amphi School District collected information about a variety of resources available for children in Southern Arizona. CNSF offered books with health brain recipes after kids took a spin on the nutrition wheel and guessed which items promoted good brain health. The Mirror Boxes drew a big crowd.

Badges and Backpacks

July 30, 2022


Pima County Sheriff’s Department hosted the annual Badges and Backpacks. The Brain Bus was parked inside Tucson Community Center for an action packed morning of Mirror Box Drawing, Bean Bag Throwing with Prism Glasses, and a friendly visit from a giant Roadrunner.

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Brain Boost Saturdays at

Tucson Children’s Museum

The Brain Bus team participated in all five Saturdays in July. From spinning the nutrition wheel, to making pipe cleaner neurons, to observing real brains, children (and adults) enjoyed participating in neuroscience activities and learning about the amazing brain.

Children’s Museum Family SciFest

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.

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Tucson Festival of Books

March 3-4, 2023

Dr. Lynne Oland displayed a human brain. Crowds gathered to learn all about neuroscience.

Green Valley Health Fair

March 6, 2023

Residents in Green Valley greeted the Brain Bus with great interest.

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TMC’s Be Safe Saturday

March 18, 2023

Children and adults made “helmets” for raw eggs that were later dropped off a 6’ ladder. Members of the Tucson Fire Department made an egg “helmet” that they dropped off the very long ladder on the top of the fire truck and the egg survived!”

Brain Box Assembly

April 1, 2023

The Center for Neurosciences Foundation volunteers partnered with residents of B’nai B’rith Covenant House to assemble 300 Brain Boxes. Learn more and take a peek at our picture gallery!

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All in for Autism at Rillito Race Track

April 15, 2023

Families enjoyed a festive atmosphere while learning about resources available in Tucson and participating in neuroscience activities.


SAAHEC Health Fair at Pima JTED Bridges Campus

April 15, 2023

JTED Students visited with U of A and PCC Student Volunteers at the Brain Bus.

Pima County Sheriff’s Department Badges and Backpacks

June 17, 2023

 The Brain Bus was a big hit with children and characters of all ages. Wilbur T. Wildcat even made an appearance!


April 16, 2023

Cyclists and pedestrians of all ages enjoyed a beautiful day with music, food, dancing, and more.

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