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Below is an announcement about the next event in the ongoing neuroscience series, Neuroscience and Society, sponsored by the AAAS and the Dana Foundation. STARS students are invited to go as an extracurricular STEM opportunity. This is a free, catered event hosted down the street from the Spy Museum at the AAAS Headquarters in D.C. Register here:
Sara Lazar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Harvard Medical School
Andrew B. Newberg, M.D
Director of Research, Marcus Institute of Integrative Health
Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital
Chris Streeter, M.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Neurology
Boston University School of Medicine
“From contemplation to prayer, forms of meditation exist in every society. Now, using up-to-date technologies, these ancient practices are being increasingly studied by neurologists. Although learning to meditate—to turn off all distractions—is no easy task, the advertised benefits claim it to be worthwhile. Such alleged benefits include the “calming” of neurotransmitters, beating addiction, and even building a bigger brain. Published studies argue that meditation can produce structural alterations in the brain and may even slow the progress of certain age-related atrophy. Similarly, some yoga advocates claim that the practice, which is explored as a treatment for major depressive disorders, expands mental faculties. Further, prayer, according to the Huffington Post, can help dissuade impulsive actions. Neuroimaging technologies are revealing changes in blood flow to areas of the brain, indicating more activity. This program will explore the neurological bases of these claims, if any, by explaining how the mind and body talk with one another during the acts of meditation, yoga, and prayer. ”
Below is a new STARS STEM extra curricular opportunity:
September 21, 2017 – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. RSVP Online Form
Help for your STRUGGLING STUDENTS and the HOMEWORK WARS that disrupt your homeschool. You are invited to this important event sponsored by the Springfield Teaching and Resource Services (STARS).
Veteran homeschool parents will share their experiences overcoming educational challenges due to visual and auditory processing delay, problems with ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Asperger’s and learning styles that are problematic in the classroom environment.
We also will have Dr. Chris Ogilvie discuss the role of nutrition in the health and feeding of the mind of the struggling learner. https://integrativehealthcenterofvirginia.com
Chuck Hinshaw, COVT will discuss visual processing and the importance of the eyes working together with the brain for learning. http://www.virginiavisiontherapycenter.com
Don Hollenbeck from Learning RX will discuss the value cognitive skills training and how it can help the brain to think, read, learn, remember, and pay attention better. http://www.learningrx.com/fairfax/
*Tentative*: Al Nestor will share his wisdom with us on how to develop well-rounded, healthy adults from his many years of counseling. http://franconiafamily.com/about.html
And much more!
Where: Springfield Church of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22150.
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Teacher: Mr. Neil Jacob Thursdays 11-12:30pm
Tuition: $285 (one semester long), $10 supply fee
This class is for 6th grade and above. This is a once a week, one semester course offered once during the school year (Spring semester). It is a hands on, project based course with minimal work outside the classroom. This course is an introduction to basic electrical engineering and computer programming principles, taught with Arduino. Students will learn the basics of electrical current, electrical elements, and how to program the Arduino with C as a control unit for a variety of tasks ranging from lighting up LEDs to detecting water levels. Parents are welcome to sit in on the class.
Prerequisites: No Algebra 1 is required, but a computer is required for the class.
Materials: Students must purchase a kit that will be used during the class. There is a $10 supply fee. Further questions about the content of the class can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org, while questions about the time or tuition should go to email@example.com
SPIRE Running: Cross country – (Springfield) – Join Spire Running in our 16th season of running. This cross country team is open for all junior high and high school homeschool students. Practices are held on Tuesday (right at STARS!), as well as Thursday afternoons and Saturday morning at Burke Lake. We compete at meets held throughout the area. The season begins at the end of August and runs through October. For more information and registration contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The electro-chemical pulses of neurons and the digital ones and zeros of computers both convey information, but in very different ways. DARPA’s innovations in neurotechnology are opening the possibility of real-time, seamless translation between our brains and our machines and devices-in limited fashion for now, but in ways that seem destined to change the way we solve complex problems and transform how we live, work, and engage with each other and with the world. Dr. Justin C. Sanchez will discuss DARPA’s current investments in neural interfaces and related technologies, laying out the ground truth of what is currently possible, explaining how neurotechnology can be applied to national security, sharing visions of what people might accomplish with their brains in a symbiotic future, and challenging audience members to begin thinking about the ethical, legal, and policy issues that emerging neurotechnologies are sure to raise.
STARS will be hosting our Spring Open House on Tuesday, May 9 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Springfield Church of Christ. Please come out and learn about our program, meet our tutors, and meet some of our families.