Brain Boot Camp


Do you have students who want to learn about stroke and heart attack? Or try a medical simulator? Or see a 3D printer? Or hear from health and science professionals about potential careers? Here at the Jacobs Institute, we can make it happen! Our 1.5-hour Brain Boot Camps educate and inspire.

The Jacobs Institute Brain Boot Camp is a special opportunity to teach schoolchildren about heart attack and stroke, signs and symptoms, treatments, and more. We customize our programs to teach students about what educators want to highlight! Students can learn about heart attack and stroke symptoms, work on a medical simulator, see a 3D-printed heart, watch a pre-recorded medical procedure (if appropriate), do fun engineering activities, learn about healthier fast food options, hear from professionals in STEM and healthcare, and tour our unique facility.

We are now accepting requests for potential dates for Brain Boot Camp for the 2019-2020 school year.

PLEASE NOTE, WE CAN ONLY HOST BOOT CAMPS ON FRIDAYS AND–NEW FOR 2019-2020–WE ONLY HOST  ONE BOOT CAMP PER MONTH. The requests are limited to one per school and we cannot accept a school who has attended the previous year, to maintain fairness. We ask for no more than 30 attendees per tour, including chaperones. Please note that the Jacobs Institute does not cover any costs or provide any transportation or refreshments.

Request forms can be found here. Please submit all requests to Allison Kupferman, Communications & Outreach Manager, at

We are excited to have you and your students visit in the upcoming school year!


“I experienced many new and exciting things that I would not have had access to outside on this field trip. Because of this experience, I am now considering many more jobs in the medical field that I was just a few days ago.”–7th grader, Nardin Academy

“I really appreciate that you motivated me to push myself to my highest potential and furthest ability. I believe in myself and my future. Thank you for teaching me ‘It’s Possible!'”–11th grader, Health Sciences Charter School

“The kids were so impressed with all the cutting edge technology happening right here in Buffalo. A mom of one of the girls from the trip thanked us because she actually had a whole conversation with her teenage daughter. Her daughter wanted to tell her all about it!”–Teacher, Hamburg Health Science Academy


The Jacobs Institute has had the privilege of hosting the following schools and groups from our community:

  • Academe Aurora
  • Academy of Scholars
  • Aurora Waldorf School
  • Bennett High School
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Buffalo P.S. 33 Bilingual Center
  • Buffalo P.S. 197 Math Science Technology Preparatory School
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Charles R. Drew Science Magnet
  • Charter School for Applied Technology
  • Depew High School
  • Elmwood Franklin School
  • Erie BOCES
  • Health Sciences Charter School
  • Hillside Work Scholarship Program
  • Lancaster High School
  • Nardin Academy
  • Niagara Falls High School
  • Nativity Miguel
  • Nichols Schools
  • Pioneer High School
  • Sacred Heart Academy
  • St. Stephen School
  • Tapestry Charter School
  • Westminster Community Charter School
  • Williamsville North High School
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Buffalo Prep
  • and more!