Teenagers and the brain


The project

Active democracy starts by exercising citizenship.  "Teenagers and the brain" offers to groups of young people to question the brain and build protocols to answer their questions. The project aims the appropriation of knowledge by and for young people so that research and knowledge can be perceived as empowerment tools.

The targets

How does a teenager think? Is the brain of girls different from the boys'? These are examples of questions that we can help them formulate and help them find answers to through the project.
•    Building a partnership with young citizens by training adults that are with them on a daily basis
•    Developing young people’s curiosity and critical thinking skills through an international issue
•    Raising awareness to societal stakes of scientific research on climate from a transdisciplinary point of view (economy, ecology, sustainable development, globalization, consumption…)
•    Allowing young people to express their opinions on demanding and current topics and giving them the means to look for scientific information that they feel miss in their reflection.
•    Making them elaborate research protocols allowing to answer their own questions
•    Integregrating their reflexions into a cultural offer by co-constructing elements of an exhibition and integrating their own research protocols as part of the exhibition by making visitors a part of these protocoles.

The methods

The methodology of the projects is to explore, and then communicate, the role of knowledge in the practice of democracy to teenagers between 14 and 20 years old, citizens of today and tomorrow.
In a first phase, young people have been invited to engage into a project of co-construction and communication of knowledge, including mundane knowledge, local informations, and everyone's values and imagination. By starting by their questions about the topic, uncovered during deliberative workshops, young people express their own perceptions of their brains, either similar or different, based on their knowledge and life experiences. A facilitator helps them to clarify their opinions and identify gaps in their knowledge to end up formulating hypotheses allowing them to think of experimental protocols to verify them. In the spirit of an active democracy, they are invited to share their new knowledge, protocols and results by integrating them into a museum exhibition.