Frontiers for Young Minds

Kids reviewing science. Live and onstage.

Event Details


Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, California 94619 United States


November 07, 2015 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Due to a generous donation in the names of Judah Carillo and Golden Freedman, all tickets to this event will be free of charge.

In this American Idol style event we are turning the table on neuroscientists. Five local students will review their scientific presentations and research papers—live! Can the scientists translate their work effectively to these young minds? Will the scientists be able to withstand the challenging questions?

Following the live reviews, the event continues with music. But you won’t hear, you’ll see it. And UC Berkeley Professor Robert T. Knight will talk about his research on reconstructing music from brain scans.

This event is a collaboration between Swiss-based, open-access publisher Frontiers, UC Berkeley, and the Chabot Space and Science Center and is part of the Bay Area Science Festival.

Frontiers for Young Minds is funded by the generous support of the Frontiers Research Foundation and the Jacobs Foundation of Zurich.


Krishna, age 10, 5th grade

I love science and sports. I play baseball and learn kung-fu. I love to do experiments to understand how science works. In the science – I enjoy space/astronomy and physics. I enjoy reading a lot – and hope to write lot of kids’ books. (I have started on three already). In my life, I want to invent something new and bring back to life something that is extinct – using DNA research.

Bhargavi, age 15, Junior HS

I am 15 years old. I love to read and listen to music, and I have a passion for bharathanatyam – an ancient classical dance. From a young age, my ambition has been to become an accomplished neurosurgeon, hence my interest in neuroscience and the brain. I also have a secret ambition (not so secret I guess) of becoming a TV anchor too. Basically, I want to make a lasting impact on the world.

Abby, age 17, Junior HS

I am in my junior year of high school. I love horseback riding and science. My favorite part about science is figuring out why things are the way they are. Whether that means understanding the structure of an atom or learning about why people think so differently from each other, I think there is always something new to discover that offers a better explanation of the world as we know it.

Darius, age 12, 7th grade

I am 12 years old and in seventh grade. In my free time I enjoy reading, computer programming and playing the trumpet or piano. As a hobby, I make useful objects and experiment with devices. I am very interested in public speaking and am on my school’s debate team. I enjoy reading about science, particularly chemistry, biology, physics, and neuroscience.

Wyatt, age 9, 4th grade

I am a fourth grader in Piedmont, CA, USA. I like to read, play with Legos, play Minecraft, and eat and sleep! I also love scootering, biking, hiking and building stuff. My favorite food is Ethiopian – I love the whole fried fish and the doro tibs. My favorite subjects in school right now are computer lab, P.E., library, and science. I’m looking forward to taking chemistry when I get to middle school! After college, I want to be a mechanical engineer and robotics programmer.


Photo: Myleen Hollero