About Us

Who We Are

The Brain Bunch was founded in 2019 to invest students in the fascinating subject of neuroscience right from a very young age. Partnering with communities, our educational appeal comes from our interactive learning based activities.

With the help of astute mentors passionate about science and the brain, we help children explore the anatomy, mechanisms, and roles of the brain as well as the nervous system as a whole through a hands on approach.

In an engaging manner, students uncover the basics as well as the intriguing specifics about the brain that can help them answer many questions on their environment and themselves. Our initiatives encourage students to uncover STEM and develop a lifelong growth of their curiosity, a quintessential skill for any field for the future and any subject in school.

Mission

Our goals are simple: helping students explore the STEM fields, exposing students to the science behind their brains, and fostering a love for education amongst all students including those that are underrepresented in STEM. We intrigue children in the field of neuroscience with a hands on approach to showcase neuroscience concepts that we wish to share in a simplistic, captivating manner. In the process of learning, especially amongst younger students, we believe heavily in helping the students apply the concepts they learn through games. We have built novel, innovative game ideas, often relying on the collaborative team spirit amongst the students, that require the students to solve challenges by applying their knowledge. In this way, our events promise to uplift the critical thinking, teamwork, and inquisitive skills amongst the students. Furthermore, we hope to perpetuate their admiration for the field of neuroscience through our blogging page, volunteerism initiatives, and neuroscience resources that we advertise amongst participating students, teachers, and parents. Ultimately, by generating interest for the brain, we hope to expand the number of professionals in the field of neuroscience for the future no matter their background as this is an area that can really help humanity thrive in the future, and correspondingly, offer people more opportunities as well.

Why Neuroscience

Often, people ask us, “Why Neuroscience?” Here are a few reasons:

1. Neuroscience is an important field for the future

From a medical standpoint, the dementias, which are neurologically based, are expected to soon beat heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death as our population’s lifespan grows (it is already the leading cause of death in England and Wales). Even in our everyday lives, as we explore artificial intelligence through computer science to help our society function more efficiently, we ultimately explore the nature of our own minds to help us understand how we can recreate and upgrade the mind technologically.

2. Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary STEM field
3. Neuroscience invites exploration

Founder’s Message

My name is Siddhant Kumarapuram Ganapath. I am studying Cell Biology/Neuroscience and Psychology at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. After helping children with special needs swim, I strived to explore the science behind the brain. My passion for the brain developed in high school as a member of the Brain Bee Club. While leading this initiative, I realized how daunting the subject could seem to students at my age and younger. However, upon venturing into the subject, I became intrigued by the brain’s connections to technology, medicine, and daily life. I realized the potential for the vast field of neuroscience to encourage scientific curiosity amongst students at a young age. Therefore, I worked with the Brain Bee club to host our first outreach event at the Cedar Hill STEM Fair. After experiencing fascinated students and parents crowded around our brain station, I developed The Brain Bunch. Now, I engage students, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM fields, in enriching demonstrations, hands-on activities, and animations to explore the brain in school, at the library, or at home. It is my goal for The Brain Bunch to foster the next generation of neuroscientists that will provide medical solutions and technological advancements for society.