Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology and University Honors
Vancouver Public Schools, start times, sleep deprivation, circadian health, interdisciplinarity, STEAM Education
Northwest Noggin (NW Noggin), an all-volunteer neuroscience education outreach non-profit, serves its community by bringing students, artists, scientists and other participants together for artistic collaboration and learning. The outreach takes place in K-12 schools and other institutions (such as museums, coffee shops and correctional facilities) all over the Pacific Northwest. Neuroscience education outreach generates discourse surrounding community concerns through illuminating the brain-centric qualities of issues and by drawing on neuroscience research to create solutions. The neuroscience research-informed perspectives on these concerns stimulate awareness, create momentum towards evidence-based reform, and can result in policy interventions. This thesis details how NW Noggin outreach helped address chronic sleep deprivation and its associated health risks for teenagers in the Vancouver Public School District. This was achieved when NW Noggin volunteers persistently re-sparked discussion surrounding the start times for high schools in the district while referencing neuroscientific evidence centered around research on sleep and developing brains. Further educational and communal concerns are analyzed in parallel with a demonstration of how NW Noggin works to explore research-informed initiatives and solutions. The efforts of NW Noggin are then positioned in the context of STEM education research by understanding how outreach efforts aim to improve metrics associated with student motivation and performance.
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Chenard, Marc, "Let Kids Sleep: The Role of Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Outreach in Stimulating Brains and Developing Research-Informed Approaches to Community Concerns" (2023). University Honors Theses. Paper 1305.