Brain Awareness Week

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Cellular & Behavioral Neurobiology-University of Oklahoma-Norman

Organized by:
Cellular & Behavioral Neurobiology-University of Oklahoma-Norman

Participating Organizations:
Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Society for Neuroscience, Oklahoma Chapter Crooked Oaks School District, Oklahoma City

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

2

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

600

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

At each event, we engage visitors in the following activities, chosen to excite their interest and teach them fundamental concepts related to the nervous system: 1) see/touch a human brain 2) see/hear electricity from your own muscles (surface electromyograms from the biceps) 3) see how your brain changes in a minute (throwing balls after wearing prism goggles) 4) fool your brain about where your hand is using a proprioceptive illusion (muscle massager on triceps tendon with eyes closed) 5) see how fruit flies stop moving when their synapses temporarily stop functioning (temperature-sensitive mutation) 6) experience how smell is integrated with taste in the brain (judging jellybean flavor with eyes and nose closed). Some photos of these activities are at http://www.ou.edu/cbn/news-and-events/annual-events/. This year, we held our annual BAW event at Science Museum Oklahoma, now in collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience, Oklahoma Chapter, in April 13-14, 2018, with about 500 attendees. Our planned participation in the annual ScienceFest event did not occur because ScienceFest was unexpectedly canceled, due to the 2-week closure of Oklahoma schools (during the teacher walkout) limiting available curricular time. However, we participated in an additional outreach event for the Crooked Oak School District (in a low-income area), called a Learning Carnival, held for the first time on May 10. About 100 people participated in our activities.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Website
  • Social Media

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:

  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

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Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

http://www.ou.edu/cbn/news-and-events/annual-events/

Contact Name:

Ari Berkowitz

Contact Phone:

405-325-3492

Contact Email:

ari@ou.edu

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