This Mobile 'Think Tank' Will Give Science Experiments Street Cred

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This Mobile 'Think Tank' Will Give Science Experiments Street Cred This Mobile 'Think Tank' Will Give Science Experiments Street Cred
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This Mobile 'Think Tank' Will Give Science Experiments Street Cred

by Tyler Alterman

March 10, 2013



There is a new wave of process-promoting educators who realize this. Perception researcher, Beau Lotto, recently guided a classroom of 10-year-olds from brainstorming, to experimenting, and finally to an overwhelmingly student-driven publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Proposals for experiential science education have made New York Times headlines. My STEM initiative, a lab-on-wheels dubbed 'The Think Tank,' will join this new wave by delivering experiential education through a science we all have a stake in: the science of the mind.

The Think Tank is a collaboration between artists, scientists from my lab, and over 100 citizen backers. Together we will transform a recycled box truck into a literal and metaphorical vehicle geared toward engaging the public with behavioral and brain science.


It will arrive with a movement of people realizing that the behavioral and brain sciences stand to improve lives. Public servants like scientist/policy-maker Dr. Pooja Agarwal are using cognitive science research to improve classrooms. The Obama administration is considering a multi-billion dollar investment in building a map of the brain. The Think Tank will bring this movement to the public. Similar to the American Museum of Natural History’s “Mobile Museums,” The Think Tank will:
  • Drive to elementary and high schools where mobile researchers will teach students about cognitive science by having them plan their own experiments, and carry them out aboard the vehicle.
  • Invite citizens aboard to participate in actual studies and teach them how cognitive science can improve their lives.
  • Collaborate with world-renowned psychologists and neuroscientists to deliver sidewalk talks, taking the public on their explorations into human thought and behavior.


If you're a STEM advocate, brain geek, or supporter of experiential education, please share and donate to our fundraiser page before the March 13 deadline.


This project is featured in GOOD's Saturday series Push for Goodour guide to crowdfunding creative progress.


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