Education Lab

Nurturing a love of science for people of all ages.

Our education programs harness the groundbreaking research of the institute in creative and exciting ways for school children, families, after-school groups, teachers and seniors. The Education Lab will host a variety of hands-on brain science programs and is open year-round and on weekends.

Located near the 129th Street entrance to the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and opening in the spring of 2017, this 1,500 square foot space was designed to resemble the scientific research laboratories of the Zuckerman Institute. Our programming provides the next generation of scientists and people of all ages with an understanding of what science is and how it applies to their everyday lives. We believe that engaging, interactive, hands-on learning can spark a natural curiosity about neuroscience — the science of who we are.

Current programs include:

Saturday Science
Saturday Science is a hands-on brain science event for students, families and local community groups hosted by the Zuckerman Institute in partnership with BioBus and Columbia University scientists and students. Events run approximately monthly throughout the school year and are themed to reflect the wide range of topics and discoveries in neuroscience. Children of all ages are invited to participate in engaging and informative activities to learn about the mind and its mysteries.

BRAINYAC: Brain Research Apprenticeships in New York at Columbia
The Zuckerman Institute's Brain Research Apprenticeships in New York at Columbia (BRAINYAC) program provides an immersive science research experience in which high school students train and work in neuroscience laboratories at Columbia University.

Public Lecture Series and Teacher-Scholar Program
At our free public lecture series, eminent Columbia professors share their research as it relates to brain. These lectures are the scientific cornerstone of our Stavros Niarchos Foundation Teacher-Scholar program, a competitive program that introduces middle- and high-school science teachers in NYC to cutting-edge brain science for the duration of a school year.

Brain Awareness Week and Community Brain Expo
At the Zuckerman Institute’s annual Community Brain Expo, held in the spring, we invite our neighbors to join us for this free public event, which features head-scratching demonstrations and mind-boggling activities for every age.

The Zuckerman Institute has partnered with the nonprofit BioBus, a scientific lab-on-wheels that visits schools and community centers in upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

New programs are in development, so please check back soon. We invite community organizations, schools and other groups based in the local area to contact us to discuss partnership opportunities.

Above: Kelley Remole, PhD, the Zuckerman Institute's Director of Governance, Research Support and Outreach, with students.