Press Release: Building Spinal Cords out of LEGO with Stanford University Neuroscientists

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WHAT: Palo Alto families will build LEGO human spinal cords in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record! By building these spinal cords with the Stanford University Brain Development Department and Play-Well TEKnologies, we are raising awareness about STEM education and connecting the Palo Alto community to the research being done at Stanford University.

Over 400 parents and kids from Palo Alto will be participating in this event with the help of at least 12 Stanford Neuroscientists and 10 Play-Well Engineering Instructors.

WHEN: December 5th, 9 AM – 4 PM

WHERE: Stanford Brain Development Project Laboratory (1070 Arastradero Road Suite 220 Palo Alto, Ca, 94304)

When we first began this collaboration we never dreamed that we would receive such an enthusiastic response from the surrounding community.  Within the first two weeks, over 1,200 people signed up to build spinal cords with us!  The event grew so large that we decided to postpone it to this Saturday, December 5th in order to accommodate more families. It’s clear that families are very excited to build human spinal cords out of LEGO and to learn more about the brain research currently happening at Stanford. This event is a rare opportunity for children who love science to interact and learn from real-life Stanford Neuroscientists.

Stanford University’s Brain Development Department and Play-Well TEKnologies are extremely excited to collaborate on this unique, free, community event for families to explore the brain through play!

With a visible decline in students pursuing STEM careers around the country and the disconnect between the universities and the communities they serve, this Spinal Cord LEGO build is an opportunity to bridge that gap, as well as provide an opportunity for kids to experience the exciting parts of science.  Families will actively learn through the colorful magic of LEGO while addressing questions about a part of the body that remains a mystery to most people: The Brain.

In addition to building LEGO Spinal Cords, families will also have the chance to be a part of history, as we attempt to set a Guinness World Record for building the largest gathering of LEGO Spinal Cords! Will we be able to set the world record? We are certainly going to try!

Play-Well hosted an event last fall where we broke the Guinness World Record for the Longest LEGO Chain. We are hoping for another win!

Play-Well hosted an event last Fall where they broke the World Record for the Longest LEGO Chain! Here’s a video of the event below. We are hoping to set another world record on Saturday December 5th, 2015!

For more information about the Stanford University LEGO Spinal Cord Event, please contact Amanda Martino at 408-679-4187 or at amanda.j.martino@gmail.com.

About Stanford University’s Brain Development Project Lab 

The Stanford Brain Development Project Lab is a research lab out of Stanford’s Psychiatry Department that is focused on how the brain processes, learns, and retains skills such as speech, language, social, memory, and mathematics. They have a special interest in obtaining a better understanding of how this occurs in children on the autism spectrum or with learning disabilities as well as those who are typically developing. For more information, visit braindevelopment.stanford.edu.

About Play-Well TEKnologies

For the past 15 years, Play-Well TEKnologies has taught over 500,000 kids about the engineering world using LEGO.  They currently teach over 100,000 students/year across the country with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM fields. For more information about Play-Well, visit www.play-well.org.

 

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