About 650 elementary students attended an open house Tuesday at the University of Washington. The event was for Brain Awareness Week, and hands-on stations included touching real brains and trying to draw while looking in a mirror.

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Some 650 local students attended the open house Tuesday. Brain Awareness Week is a national event to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research.

This year’s event, held at the Husky Union Building, helped the students learn about the brain through hands-on stations and a lecture by Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D., a research associate professor in the UW Department of Bioengineering and executive director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.