‘Your Brain On Bugs’ Booth, Atlanta Science Festival 2022

The Forger Lab presented their CBN sponsored booth “Your Brain On Bugs” at the Atlanta Science Festival Expo this year. The booth was used to educate the public about the contributions of the microbiota to brain development, highlighting the Forger lab’s research at GSU. The activity was a success! Attendees lined up to participate in a hands-on activity, in which the team demonstrated the arrival of microbes to the gut at birth by using a model (built in-house) of a newborn baby.

Alexandra Castillo-Ruiz, Kharli Major, and Hannah Sturgeon (left to right) presenting their booth at Piedmont Park at the 2022 Atlanta Science Festival.

The “Your Brain On Bugs” team showing two of the props used in the activity: a model of a newborn baby and a short quiz. From left to right: Sturgeon, Castillo-Ruiz, Major, and Florencia Rosetti.

Children interacting with the newborn baby model. The goal was to insert microbes (made out of pom poms by trainees) through the entrance (mouth) of the digestive tract of the baby. This modeled how the microbiota arrives and populates the newborn’s gut.

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