Education Outreach

Enriching science education is an important component of the Max Planck Society philosophy around the world. The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience is committed to offering programs and activities to enhance interest in and foster understanding of bioscience research at all levels of education.

STEM Internships in Palm Beach County Prepare Students for Postgraduate Success

In its continuing effort to foster post graduate success, the Palm Beach County School District partnered with Max Planck, Scripps, and Palm Beach State College to highlight summer internship programs in STEM fields. STEM internships allow high school and college students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research. Reporter Claudia Shea introduces us to several local students who are solving real-world issues.

High School Summer Research Internships
  • Open to Palm Beach County high school students
  • Immersive laboratory experience working with Max Planck scientists
Max Planck Florida Institute Brain Bee Competition
  • The competition is open to high school students in grades 9-12
  • Similar to a spelling bee, students in the competition must answer a series of questions based on the book Brain Facts published by the Society for Neuroscience
  • Some of the topics covered include memory, intelligence, stress, emotions, and brain disorders
  • Each member of the winning teams of MPFI's Brain Bee will receive a trophy and gift card. Members of the first place team will also have the opportunity to shadow an MPFI scientist for a day.
Neuroscience Saturdays (In collaboration with Scripps Florida)
  • A program for Title 1 high schools in Palm Beach County which concluded in January of 2016
  • Students and teachers were lead through neuroscience activities by Max Planck and Scripps scientists
  • Participants learned about the brain's structure and functions and cutting edge research in neuroscience
Science Career Panel
  • Meet and talk with MPFI researchers and learn how and why they became scientists
Teacher Internships
  • Offered to Palm Beach County high school teachers
  • Two-week summer internship
  • Interns learn about cutting edge techniques used in neuroscience research and take tools and materials back to the classroom