BRASS is a program developed by National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists as an effort to communicate with middle school students about the nature of scientific research conducted at a biomedical research facility.
The program consists of five lab sessions covering hematology, genetics, cancer, infectious diseases, and animal research. Each two-hour session is designed to be highly interactive, with scientists providing background on the topic, followed by several hands-on experiments designed to increase the student's understanding of the topic using the scientific method. The program concludes with a commencement ceremony featuring a scientist as the guest speaker and laboratory demonstrations conducted by students for their parents and interested public.
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Last Updated May 11, 2009