Brain Awareness Week

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Organized by:
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Participating Organizations:

St. Bernard Regional Catholic School

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

13 (directly), others indirectly

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

My session was entitled “Eavesdropping on the Brain”. I presented slides to a 4th-grade class on prosthetics and how they have evolved over human history, culminating with modern electronic prosthetic devices. The class was then able to try using a simple neuroprosthetic device from Backyard Brains (https://backyardbrains.com/products/clawBundle), which used recorded EMG signals to control a claw-like grasping device. EMG signals were illustrated in real-time on a smartphone, so that the students could relate their own muscle clenches to the recorded electrical signal as well as its effect on the neuroprosthetic claw. I also left a series of BAW school workbooks and puzzles with this class and with other teachers for their classes.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Website

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

A news post on our University website was the primary advertisement. I received several emails in response from those who thought the session looked very interesting. My session was also advertised to the University faculty, and was described in the University president's mid-semester briefing!

Resources

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 Stickers
  • BAW Pencils

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

  • BAW Certificate of Participation

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

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

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

  • BAW Poster

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The students and teachers were very happy with the session, and multiple faculty members at my home institution commented favorably on it. I also heard directly from several parents how much their child enjoyed the session.

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

I would love to see new BAW activities, puzzles, books. I would also *really* like a better-structured grade hierarchy for all of the BAW materials, such that event planners and supervisors could very quickly hone in on materials that were appropriate to their audience.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://www.iup.edu/news-item.aspx?id=251987

Contact Name:

Paul Nealen

Contact Phone:

724-357-1325

Contact Email:

pnealen@iup.edu

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