Franklin High School, Somerset, NJ

Organized by:
(1) Franklin High School, Somerset, NJ organized the BAW event, I was an invited speaker to talk about ALS. (2) Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ- discussed the brain in lectures and simulation labs and expanded on the BAW activities.

Participating Organizations:

(1) Franklin High School: Speakers were invited from colleges and medical schools to give presentations at a virtual zoom-event during the BAW in March.(2) Stevens Institute of Tech: Students conducted a detailed virtual brain dissection and discussed cases involving the nervous system.

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/Briefing
  • Online/Virtual
  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • High school students (9-12)
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

(1) Franklin High School: Gave a presentation about ALS (Amyotophic Lateral Sclerosis), discussed cases, showed videos, talked about the fund-raiser events, asked and answered student questions.(2) Stevens Institute of Tech: Conducted a detailed virtual brain dissection, focused on several neurological cases. Presented the video-contest, asked students to participate in June (yet to find out the participants).

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The high-school presentation I gave was advertised by Franklin High School that organized the BAW event. I selected the topic of ALS from the list that they provided. The students had decided on the topics.The detailed virtual brain dissection were conducted by the students in my class, cases were part of the program. We also discussed cases in the lectures and labs.


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

  • Adults' Fact Sheets
  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About the Brain Booklet

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

  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments

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

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The questions that were asked indicated that students were interested in learning about the topic. As there is much conversation about Mental Health, the brain is the focus in many circles.

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

I realized that students do not easily participate in conversations. This was especially true during the virtual zoom-meeting due to the Covid-19 Pandemic! The key is to generate enough enthusiasm and questioning so that students can ask and answer questions.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Keep adding new information and updating us with recent developments so that we can reach out and pass it on to the young generation! Mental Health, the stigma associated with it and the ability to cope with those around us who have such issues is a concern for many people.

Contact Information

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Nuran M. Kumbaraci

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