The Neuroseeds Project

The Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience project is a partnership between neuroscience researchers, teachers and students. We have developed hands-on laboratory activities for middle school students about neuroscience and medicinal plants.  Here are some questions you can explore in this website and through the lab activities:

Lesson Plans

The  Neuroseeds Lesson Plans are free and available for download. Click here to see the 8 lessons. Teachers who complete the summer teacher training workshop are also eligible to borrow the Neuroseeds Supply Kits.

Workshops and Camp

The 2014 Summer Teacher Workshop was a great success.
Read about the Workshop.

The 2014 Bloomin' Brains Camp was fun for everyone.
Read about the Camp.

Think about it

Can chemicals in plants we eat affect nerve transmission and the nervous system?

  • Learn what happens in the space between nerves where they connect.
  • Some plants may enhance nervous system function while others damage it.

What medicines come from plants?

  • Many of the most common drugs such as aspirin were originally produced from plants. Learn More
  • The fantastic diversity of plant chemicals inspires drug research and synthetic drugs

How are useful chemicals extracted from plants?

  • Plant substances can be separated by using their physical properties. Learn More

How were medicinal plants discovered?

  • Many useful medicines have been discovered by people from other cultures and throughout history
  • People have always used the scientific method even without modern scientific knowledge

About Our Team

Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience is a team of neuroscientists, researchers, and educators at the University of Washington.

Click here to learn more about the team

Contact Info

Main Project Email  nseeds@uw.edu

Project Fax  (206) 543-1066
Help support the Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience program.

Neuroscience in your classroom

Are you already learning about neuroscience in your school? Drop us an email to tell us what you are doing. 

Click here to tell us what's happening in your school.
The Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience program is supported by an NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research award and administered by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Grant number R25DA033011