Brain Awareness Week

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Boys Club of Sioux City

Organized by:
Boys Club of Sioux City

Participating Organizations:

none

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

3 mini and 1 large

Year:

2015

Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: Brain Carnival with mini brain challenges through the week prior

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

75

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Mini Challenges: we had quick self directed brain teasers, riddles and visual perception challenges during the week. Brain Carnival: Friday March 20th we had 9 different stations that the kids could learn about their dominant eye, ear, hand, leg, & brain hemisphere and how that effected how they learn and receive information, they participated in scent experiments, answered brain teasers, challenged their memory & logic skills, reaction times and coordination. We ended the carnival with a discussion about our brain – going over several different sections of the brain and what function they control for us. After the discussion, we dissected a calf’s brain. During the dissection they were asked to identify the different sections of the brain and recall it’s function.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

in Club reminders of the upcoming events

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

the in Club reminders were most successful because our target audience (ages 7 - 12) tends not to read flyers or calendars for information and need to be reminded

Resources

Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

The kids always love receiving the DANA foundation materials at the end of the carnival. DANA foundation materials bring Brain Awareness home to our Club member’s families. We also share the message with board and staff. The most immediate result of the Brain Carnival was better awareness, understanding and appreciation for how amazing the brain is and the need to respect it with proper food, exercise and protection. The kids have requested we have more than one brain carnival each year.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

The brain dissection was a highlight and seemed to make the anatomy lessons ‘real’ for the kids.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Event Photos

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Mary Harrington

Contact Phone:

712-258-5545

Contact Email:

mhboysclub@cableone.net

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