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Lending Library | Brain Awareness Council

Lending Library

Brain Awareness Council at Wake Forest University

Illuminating minds, one brain at a time

Wake Forest University Graduate School » Brain Awareness Council

Brain Awareness Council

Lending Library

Wake Forest University’s Brain Awareness Council has teamed up with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives to establish a set of neuroscience educational resources available for use by area K-12 school educators.

This outreach program is designed to loan non-consumable educational materials, including brain and neuron models, to schools in the local communi9ty.  Not only will these resources provide teachers with the opportunity to bring neuroscience into the classroom without additional expense, they will captivate each student with hands-on learning.

Educators can make a request to check out the materials described below by emailing us at LendingLibrary@wfu.edu. Our Lending Library Chairperson will receive your request, provide you with available dates, and help to coordinate pick up and drop off of the materials. Educators who check out the Lending Library materials will be asked to provide demographic information on the students that learn neuroscience concepts using these resources.

School Visit Resources

Click here for view the “School Visit Stations” we have available for your use.

Available Educational Resources

The following models are available for loan. We have developed interactive educational curricula to accompany many of the models listed below. Click on each image for a description of the model and any available lesson plans or other teaching tools.

(1) Human Brain Section – Plastomount Non-median 1 cm thick section of a real human brain. Labeled structures include the lateral ventricle, thalamus, caudate nucleus, putamen, internal capsule and optic tract.

(2) Giant Functional Human Brain Model– Twice life size and divisible into four parts. Contrasting colors and hand-lettered captions identify a variety of functional regions with more than 120 additional hand-numbered features identified in the accompanying key.
(3) Human Nerve Ending & Synapse Model– Shows axon terminal with synapse, postsynaptic membrane structure with receptive sites, neurotubules, neurotransmitter vesicles, and the mechanism of delivery of neurotransmitter across the synapse. (4) Human Neuron Model Schematic– Representation of nerve cell. Dissectible into 3 parts with 17 numerically labeled regions identified in the accompanying key.
(5) Human Cervical Vertebrae Set – Seven cervical vertebrae with intervertebral discs, occipital plate, cervical nerves, spinal cord and brain stem.

(6) Human Nervous System Model Schematic– Representation of the central and peripheral nervous system.
(7) Human Reflex Pathway Model– Plaque mount shows sensory, neural and motor components of a typical reflex arc. Pertinent structures are numbered and referenced on the accompanying key. (8) Human Brain Pathology Model– Life size and divisible into five parts. Neurological pathologies are illustrated in one hemisphere and compared to the other, normal hemisphere. The accompanying key identifies disease pathologies including alcoholism, Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, seizure-related tumors, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, subdural hematoma.