Gustavus Adolphus College

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Gustavus Adolphus College

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Symposium
  • Other: school program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • High School students(9-12)

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Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Seven college senior neuroscience students and two faculty members from Gustavus Adolphus College presented an array of interactive brain activities to fourth graders at a local elementary school in Saint Peter, MN. The teaching modules included topics on brain anatomy and safety, visual depth perception, spatial localization, memory, touch, attention and the effects of drugs and alcohol on synaptic transmission. The objectives included having college level “experts” develop and implement active models to teach elementary students fundamental lessons about the brain often but not necessarily linked to health and safety. The program seemed very successful as assessed by the quality of the modules and the level of excitement and interest displayed by both student teachers and student learners.


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:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Our student teachers benefited from the sense of satisfaction and confidence that comes with seeing how sharing their knowledge could evoke the expression of wonder in the faces children. The school children benefited from being exposed to neuroscience concepts, materials and ideas in an active, enjoyable setting.

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