News – BrainBus won a prize!
The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (MRC CBU), University of Cambridge, BrainBus initiative was drawn up as part of the Unit’s internal Equality and Diversity programme. Launched in 2019, the activity has been funded and supported by the University of Cambridge Diversity Fund.
The purpose of the BrainBus project is to provide a pivotal outreach experience to underprivileged children, exposing them to subjects, careers and role models which they would not otherwise access. The project brings a range of diverse neuroscientists and purpose-designed interactive neuroscience activities into the primary classrooms, at no charge to the schools. The aim is to start a cascade of experiences to support underrepresented individuals, including those from ethnic minorities and less privileged socio-economic backgrounds, to engage in science and, eventually, higher education and science careers.
Rogier Kievit / Kate Baker, BrainBus project leads said “We hope that BrainBus will help in allowing children from all backgrounds to consider a career in science as something they consider to be possible for them. We are excited at how much the teachers and children have enjoyed it so far, and are working on how to further expand our reach”.
The ultimate long-term goal of the BrainBus project is to achieve a lasting change on the extent to which children from all backgrounds consider a career in science as something they consider to be possible for them.