The sounds of Lady Gaga, Queen, the Beastie Boys and Men Without Hats filled the cafeteria of Indian Run Elementary School last week.

The sounds of Lady Gaga, Queen, the Beastie Boys and Men Without Hats filled the cafeteria of Indian Run Elementary School last week.

But students weren't being treated to a concert; they were participating in the trivia game show, The Brain Show.

Last week was the Brain Show's first visit to a Dublin school; the Nov. 18 visit was sponsored by the Indian Run Elementary School PTO.

"We're using it to replace some other enrichment activities we've had in the past," said Susie Williams, co-president of the PTO.

The Pennsylvania-based Brain Show came into Williams' purview at a PTO expo at the fairgrounds in May.

"They had the show set up and they did a demo," she said. "I saw it and thought it was fun."

During the school day Nov. 18, three student assemblies were held to make sure all of the students got a chance to see the Brain Show. Williams said an evening slot was also added to give families a chance to participate, but questions were based on pop culture.

During the day, students were quizzed on subjects ranging from art and music to science and foreign languages.

After a demonstration round with three students, three teams of five students were chosen from the audience for a round; several rounds were conducted and many students got a shot on stage.

"We do get the majority of kids up there and if they don't get a chance, they can come back tonight," Williams said.

According to Williams, the Brain Show encourages the teams to work together to answer the questions; at least one team wasn't given its points after students failed to work together on the answer.

"It's really nice because it emphasizes all the academic areas," she said. "It's very much about team building too."

In between answering questions such as "How do you say hello in Spanish?" "How many years is the president allowed to serve for?" and "What is the only bird that can fly backwards?" students also had to exercise their memories.

Students were taught dances to songs including: "Who Let the Dogs Out," "Proud Mary," "Fight for your Right" and "Cotton-eye Joe," and to get points, students had to remember which dances went to each song.

While students cheered for their friends and classmates, they also got the opportunity to shout for teachers.

During the final round, teachers got a shot on stage where special categories had them finishing song lyrics and dancing like ballerinas.

"We've gotten good feedback from the teachers who did it in the morning," Williams said, adding, "We've like to bring it back next year."

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