Video: Bright Lights in the Lab where high school students develop scientific curiosity & creativity ... happening July 6-17
TORONTO, June 23, 2015 /CNW/ - For two weeks in July, Toronto high
school students with a passion for neuroscience will design real
science experiments on behavior, learning and memory. Firefly
Foundation believes that these students will be among those who will
solve the riddle of Alzheimer's Disease or come up with treatments for
other neurodegenerative diseases.
Bright Lights in the Lab takes place at University of Toronto Schools,
from July 6-17. More than 60 high school students ranging from Grade 7
through 12 will work with teachers, PhD's and graduate students from U
of T to perform science experiments on behavior, learning and memory.
This year, Firefly has teamed up with Fulbright Canada and the Rotman
School of Management's GBC outreach program to provide scholarships and
bursaries to 15 students with limited resources, but who love science
and demonstrate great academic potential.
"Our goal has been to bring together kids interested in brain science
and all its wonders, so we can inspire them to follow their dreams."
says Heather Fraser, Founder of Firefly Foundation. "It's incredible to
see their curiosity and resourcefulness at work."
Neuroscience remains a new frontier. These young students are starting
to face the reality of how 'old people's diseases' can have an impact
on their current and future quality of life. By learning about the
brain and performing experiments, these students learn the skills
needed to channel their passion for learning into a future where they
could be the ones to find a cure of treatment for neurodegenerative
diseases like Alzheimer's.
"Designing experiments—recording from neurons and measuring changes in
behavior in response to environmental stimuli or drug application—are
game-changers for a high school student," says Anand Mahadevan, Camp
Director, "It takes them away from cookie-cutter school labs and brings
them closer to inquiry-based thinking which is critical to success in
"Their enthusiasm and curiosity creates hope and excitement about the
future of neuroscience in Canada. Parents & grandparents should be so
proud of them", says Fraser. "As we scale this camp and expand it
across Canada, our next quest is to offer these students university
scholarships. They give us all hope for the future."
This camp is collaboration between the Firefly Foundation, University of
Toronto Schools, and the Department of Physiology at U of T. Take a
virtual visit to last year's session of Bright Lights in the Lab and
hear what students and educators are saying about the experience at www.fireflyfoundation.org/press-release/
SOURCE Firefly Foundation
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For further information:
Name: Anand Mahadevan, Director Bright Lights in the Lab
(Department Head, Science, University of Toronto Schools)
Sharon Zillmer, Foundation Manager
The Firefly Foundation