Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

Assessment Materials

Grown-ups can assess whether children's knowledge and attitudes about science and drugs changed by administering these assessment materials before and after the child completes the BrainTrain4Kids program.

For the knowledge items, there are "right" answers, but for the attitude questions, one should look for positive changes. Keep in mind that some of the questions are "backwards" to check the measures. For example, the child should disagree with the statement, "Smoking cigarettes is good for your health." You can print these "tests" and give them to your child before and after the program to see if there was a change in their knowledge of the topics, or attitudes. Alternatively, you can just use the tests after they use the program, as an evaluation for your reference.

  1. Knowledge Measures
  2. Attitude Measures

Relationship to NSES

BrainTrain4Kids.com is aligned with the National Science Education Standards for Levels K-4 in the following categories:

  1. Science as Inquiry: Understanding the abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  2. History and Nature of Science: Science as human endeavor
  3. Unifying Concepts and Processes: Systems, order, and organization
  4. Physical Science Standards: Properties of objects and materials
  5. Life Science Standards: Characteristics of organisms
  6. Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Personal health

General Learning Objectives

In the BrainTrain4Kids.com program, kids will:

  1. Learn how to ask appropriate scientific questions
  2. Experience the process of scientific inquiry
  3. Learn about the five senses of the body
  4. Understand the relationship between the brain and the rest of the nervous system
  5. Think about which substances help or harm the body
  6. Learn why smoking is so bad for us
  7. Think of what they can do to keep their bodies healthy

Learning Objectives for each BrainTrain Station

  1. In Station 1: Science Place, children will:
    • Learn about the four steps of scientific inquiry:
      • Observe
      • Hypothesize
      • Experiment
      • Conclude
    • Learn how to develop an investigation to answer scientific questions
  2. In Station 2: Brainville, children will:
    • Learn about the many parts of the brain
    • Identify the function(s) of each part of the brain
    • Create a model of the brain that shows its four major parts (the cerebellum, the left and right hemispheres of the cerebral cortex, and the brain stem)
  3. In Station 3: Neurontown, children will:
    • Simulate neurotransmission by pretending to be a neuron in the Hands-On Activity found in Building 4
    • Discover how messages travel throughout the body
    • Learn about the relationship between the brain and the rest of the body
  4. In Station 4: Drugopolis, children will:
    • Learn about these different drugs and how they affect the body:
      • Caffeine
      • Nicotine
      • Antibiotics
      • Aspirin
      • Alcohol
      • Illegal drugs
    • Classify drugs and their effects on the body into two groups: Helpful Medicines and Harmful Drugs
    • Think about whether any drugs can be both helpful and harmful
  5. In Station5: The Smoke Stacks, children will:
    • Learn about the effect that tobacco has on the body
    • Discuss the drug nicotine's effect on the brain and why cigarette smoking is so addictive
    • Gain experience developing a hypothesis, performing a controlled experiment, and drawing conclusions from the results of an experiment
  6. In Station 6: New Health City, children will:
    • Review information about drugs, like alcohol and nicotine, and classify these drugs as stimulants or depressants
    • Explain how stimulants and depressants affect the brain and the nervous system
    • Discuss other ways to keep their brains and bodies healthy, such as exercising and eating healthily