Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- Other: Trivia Night
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- General Public
- High School students(9-12)
- Middle school students(6-8)
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
We had 4 schools visits to a Montessori School, Albert S Hall Elementary School, Vasalboro Community Middle School, and Waterville High School. We had about 1.5hour lesson plan, in which we hoped to engage them after informing them about the brain that was specific to their age group. We had brain models, and the resources given to us from Dana foundation. All the schools visits went extremely well. We ended each class talking about protecting the head and being aware of concussions. In Colby College, we had a table set up in our student center on Monday and Tuesday which had exhibitions of the brain models and also posters with facts and tips on it. We also handed out the goodies here. We had a documentary showing on Wednesday, Neurons to Nirvana. On thursday evening we reached out to a local bar that does trivia night, and one of their section was brain themed. I think that we definitely achieved out goals to reach out to different groups of individuals, and catering information to the targeted audience in a appropriate manner.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
- Social Media
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
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 and Erasers
- The Mindboggling Workbook
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Puzzles: K-12
- Puzzles: BAW Favorites
- Mindboggling Coloring Sheets
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Fact Sheets
- Lesson Plans
- New Puzzles/Games
- New Coloring Sheets
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Flyer
- BAW Logos
- BAW Poster
- BAW Web site banner
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
BAW participation allowed an increased awareness and conversation about the brain. There is a lot of curiosity about the brain and this allowed those thoughts and ideas to be voiced.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
It is beneficial to just open up the sessions to Q&A as participants often are curious about specific things about the brain that they draw from their own experience and knowledge
Did/do you like our Facebook page?
Was the information provided on Facebook useful?
Yes. Advertise the FB page more on the Dana foundation website.
Quotable comments which capture successful aspects of your event(s):
Following our lessons in the classrooms, we had students fill up a quick survey about the class which had questions like "I enjoyed the class" and "I want BAW to come back to our classroom next year" which rating 1-5, one student made his/her own column of "6" and circled a '6' for all the questions.