Thursday, May 30, 2013
Giant, Glowing Plastic Brain on Wheels
Even though I'm usually a curmudgeon about brain hype, Obama's Brain initiative, etc., I have to admire the enthusiasm and persistence of CUNY college senior Tyler Alterman, who as his senior thesis project, is trying to get a cognitive science lab on wheels on the road. He hopes that the mobile lab, dubbed The Think Tank, will help close the gender and race gap in STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math), that are the key to good jobs, through hands-on psych and neuroscience learning at schools and museums. He has raised $32,000 from crowd funding, and hopes to raise the final $20,000 needed to put the mobile lab on the streets, in part through a public gala on June 18 at the Macaulay Honor College of CUNY.