Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience

Organized by:
Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience

Participating Organizations:

Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, LSU Heath-New Orleans, Tulane University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The event “Your Sensational Brain” was targeted to 5-to-12-year-olds and was held on March 18th, from 1.30PM to 4.30PM, at the Children’s Resource Center (Children Library) at 913 Napoleon Ave. Through a series of interactive activities, a group of volunteer faculty and students from the Neuroscience Programs at the LSU Health Sciences Center and Tulane University taught the children interesting facts about the brain. Activities included: 1) Show and tell of various fixed brains (rat, cat, monkey and human); 2) Show and tell of brain and neuron models; 3) Demonstration with brain slices and stained neurons under a microscope; 4) Demonstration of the knee-jerk reflex, with children “behaving like neurons”; 5) Making models of brains and neurons with play-doh; 6) Coloring of brain and neuron templates. We also distributed materials from the DANA Foundation. The most successful activities were the observations through the microscope and of the real brains, which attracted many questions. The library also helped us by putting on display their books on brain functions. The feedback from children and parents was very positive and appreciative, and many people came to the library for the program itself. In this respect, the library personnel was very helpful in sharing the information about the event beforehand. From the first time we held this event at the Children’s library, the event has grown significantly in attendance, and for this reason we think we are achieving our goals.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website
  • Social Media

Other Publicity Methods:

Advertising from the public library

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Calendar listings and direct advertising from the library because it is seen by people in the community


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!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

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

  • Puzzles: Grades 3-5
  • Puzzles: Mindboggling Series
  • Mindboggling Coloring Sheets

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

  • Fact Sheets
  • 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?

The event was free and in a location that did not charge a fee, therefore more individuals were exposed to the activities. The feedback from the participants was very positive. The material from the DANA Foundation was very valuable and it will be a great keepsake for the participants. The library director has already started planning for next year event, thinking of the most appropriate date

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

For our program, the early afternoon times (2-4PM) work best

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Contact Information

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Contact Name:

Sonia Gasparini

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