Brain expo engages high school, elementary school students in hands-on science lessons

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MADISON, Ala. – Seeing fourth graders dancing through the halls and a walk-through brain are not things you see every day at James Clemens High School. But, it is what you notice during the annual Brain Expo.

“I’ve learned a new language and how it can affect your brain in different ways,” Horizon Elementary Student Kadence Haynes said.

Haynes is one of the little ones with a big mind who soaked up the science during Wednesday’s event.

“To eat the right foods, different vitamins that you get from different foods and the sun,” Haynes explained. “I’ve also learned that if you exercise it actually affects your brain.”

These exhibits are part of Science & Bio-med Teacher Leah McRae’s idea for student-to-student teaching.

“I felt like I had a good platform to take the information that I learned from that and pass it on to my students,” McRae said.

Learning is at the core of her career, but she learned lessons in neurology through her family’s medical history.

“I thought what if we could do something where our students learn how to take care of the brain and they educate the younger ones,” McRae said.

Thus, the brain expo was born — allowing high school students to teach the younger crowd.

“We do fun little activities like kicking and we’re like, ‘hey guys do this that’s using your brain,'” Junior Jordann Henke said.

Through dancing, healthy eating habits and meditation, the students left with a mind full of new lessons.

“Learning new things could actually sharpen your brain to do other things,” Haynes said.

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