Neuroscience Olympiade

Congratulations to Ishikaa, Grade 10, for securing 4th position at the Neuroscience Olympiade Competition (national level) held on Saturday, 11th May 2019 in Frankfurt. Ishikaa qualified for South Germany after being positioned in the top ten at the regional round of the competition hosted at Heidelberg University. 

The student awarded first place at the national competition will be representing Germany at the International Neuroscience Competition to be held in Seoul, South Korea this summer. The first three participants were also awarded with a 2 week academic workshop at Munich Center for Neurosciences (MCN, Brain and Mind) Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich. 

Although finishing fourth, the invitation to participate in the workshop has been extended to Ishikaa. It will be a great opportunity for her to refresh her knowledge in neuroscience and get a hands-on training with brain models, including contributing to laboratory research. The workshop will be conducted by professors and post-doctoral staff from LMU. 

We wish Ishikaa all the best, as she continues her exploration of the brain!

 

text: CHA

Exhibition Action: The Power of Dogs

By May (Grade 5)

Hello there! My Exhibition is about therapy dogs. I like dogs and I was very surprised to learn that dogs can really help people. There are a lot of benefits of Therapy dogs.

 

This is the cooperation therapy dog team I met while I was on my field trip.

The dogs below are also part of the therapy dog team

 

 I would like to show you the “Power of dogs.”

During my field trip to see how Therapy Dogs train, I had a chance to ask some questions about Therapy Dogs.

Here are some of the things I learned:

Characteristics of a Therapy Dog: Friendly, not too active, calm, quiet, follow

commands

A day in the life of a Therapy Dog: For the most part, the day of a therapy dog is like the day of any other dog: eating, sleeping, playing, walking and cuddling. Therapy dogs do not work the whole day, only 2 to 4 hours.

How to train a Therapy Dog: The dog needs obedience training (like every other dog). And he needs to make himself familiar with several special scenarios and things, such as: wheelchairs, various mobility aids, people who do not act like „normal” people because they have no or less control over their body, mental problems that lead to strange behaviour and people who show no reaction at all like coma patients, and so on.

Hygiene of a Therapy Dog:  brushed daily, all necessary vaccinations, wipe with wet tissue for dog’s body (so they don’t bring insects)

What a Therapy Dog does and its effects on people: make people feel happy, relaxed, and it is good break for the client (a pause). Therapy dogs can heal people but not all.

Patients get to feel and stroke the dogs, feed them, and sometimes go outside and play games (such as soccer).  They will sometimes jump up into bed with patients and sleep with them.

I will be doing a presentation for Exhibition. Please come to see me in our classroom to learn more!

On the Exhibition Evening, we plan to have a real therapy dog there to demonstrate what they do.