K-12 Educators

Tour our Facilities

If you are interested in a guided group tour of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, we would be happy to arrange a visit to our facilities!

Tours are given for elementary, middle, and high-school groups, and for psychology classes from nearby universities. Tours often include presentations from faculty and visits to research laboratories.

Please note that tours are given to large groups only. To schedule your tour, please fill-out our Visit Request Form and a department representative will contact you as soon as possible.

IU Science Fest

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences participates annually in IUB Science Fest. With over 100+ hands-on activities, demonstrations, and talks, representing 17 departments and disciplines, children learn directly from the scientists and students who are studying these fields. Science Fest is free and open to the public.

Skype a Scientist

"The next generation of scientists are depending on us," said Dr. Aina Puce after video chatting with a classrooom of 5th graders. 

Skype a Scientist matches scientists with K-12 classrooms. Once matched, the scientist shares materials about their area of interest with the teacher, who covers the material in class and helps students prepare a list of questions. 

The scientist then has a 30-60 minute video chat session with the childen in a Q and A style so that the kids get to experience direct contact with scientists. Dr. Aina Puce has found her chats to be terrific experiences for all!

One of the awesome things about Skype a Scientist is that it can reach classrooms anywhere, especially areas of the country (and the world) where kids wouldn’t necessarily have access to science museums or naturally run into scientists in their every day life. 

Project STEM

Project STEM is a summer internship program that invites high school students interested in science and engineering to be involved with research at a college level. The program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS) and the Indianapolis Project STEM. Currently researchers in chemistry, neuroscience, and PBS will host interns.

Students are teamed with faculty mentors and graduate researchers to make a true scientific impact during their internships. They are given college and career counseling, as well as thorough and relevant safety training.