The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. The Brain Power! Challenge program is one effort to reach this goal. Brain Power! Challenge is designed to take students in grades 6‒9 through a step-by-step exploration of the brain, the nervous system, and the effects of drugs on the nervous system and body. Through the interactive Brain Power! Challenge curriculum and accompanying CD-ROM, students with different learning styles and strengths receive numerous opportunities to grasp the material. In addition, the project's overall goal is to make learning fun and engaging, and to instill in young students a lifelong interest in science.
The program involves a series of challenge activities, one presented per module. Students will form Brain Power! Challenge groups and remain in those groups for these challenges throughout the program. Each challenge is a competitive, interactive, and educational activity based on the information presented in the module. The challenge activities are noted with a trophy icon. Details on how to implement the overall series in your classroom are described below.