Cognitive, Computational & Systems Neuroscience Outreach

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Cognitive, Computational & Systems Neuroscience Outreach

Participating Organizations:

St Louis Chapter of SfNYoung Scientist ProgramMcDonnell Center for Systems NeuroscienceInstitute for School PartnershipThe Dana FoundationNational Science FoundationSaint Louis Science Center

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Other: Table-top and center stage demos

Target Audiences:

  • General Public

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

During an entire day on a Saturday, graduate students from the psychology, neuroscience, and biomedical engineering programs at Washington University in St Louis presented table-top demos at the Saint Louis Science Center at an event title NeuroDay. These demos were geared toward educating the public on brain-related topics ranging from traumatic brain injury to brain-computer interfaces. Graduate students also allowed the general public to hold real human brains as they explained basic qualities of the brains and answered questions. Thirdly, a combination of professors and graduate students presented 15-20 minute center stage demos to give the general public a more in-depth look into particular brain-related topics. Our objective was to expose the public to the type of research that goes on at the local universities and generate excitement about the study of the brain from the young to the old. I believe we achieved these goals.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website

Other Publicity Methods:

word of mouth

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Sending flyers to the schools was the most successful method because it guarantees that parents will see the event and be willing to bring their kids out to the free St Louis Science Center.


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:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Mindboggling Coloring Sheets

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

  • Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

These type of events peak the curiosity of the public. Parents ask about neuroscience tracks for their kids. In general, the public gets to learn about things they may have only heard in passing on television or the internet.

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

During large events like ours, in order to get people to sit down for center stage demos, you need to make very clear and concise announcements over the PA system.

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Contact Information

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Contact Name:

Jeffrey Gamble

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