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Are you a middle school student interested in a summer "deep dive" into neuroscience and botany?  Do you know a middle school student who is?  If so, then the Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience free summer day camp is for you!.
Bloomin Brains 2013
The 2013 "Bloomin' Brains" neuroscience summer day camp will be held on the University of Washington campus July 22-26 from 9am to 3pm each day, supervised by teachers, graduate students, undergraduates and UW faculty. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from campus and for providing sack lunches. Campers will have the opportunity to:
  • Conduct hands-on science experiments
  • Learn about traditional uses of medicinal plants in Native cultures
  • Explore the structure and function of the brain
  • Visit the Burke Museum, UW Botany Greenhouse, Medicinal Herb Garden, the Hyde Herbarium, and UW Farm
  • Listen to real scientists talk about their careers
  • Discover "the art of the brain" by constructing models
  • Make a plant extract and tie-dye a shirt
  • Research neuroscience at the UW computer lab
Discover how much fun science can be!

Getting a feel for the brain....

Get a feel for the brain

Making decoctions of herbs
Preparing Herbs

Microscope work
Microscope work

The Spiker boxThe Spiker Box

Questions about camp? Contact: Marcia Johnson Witter or

'Bloomin' Brains' is part of a research project supported by an award from Blueprint for Neuroscience Research and administered by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


  • Please Note:  We cannot accept applications after Jan 1, 2014. Applications close March 1st 2014
  • To apply online the parent/guardian and student must complete and submit the form below.
  • If a student is accepted the parent or guardian will be notified by email.