Brain Awareness Week

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James Cook University

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James Cook University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/ Briefing

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

100

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We held an information evening for local high school students. The evening evening started with a lecture from Dr Ernie Jennings on “The role of the brain in thermosensation”. We then headed into the anatomy and physiology labs where staff and students from the College spent time with small groups of high school students discussing the brain and brain research. Topics included looking at human brains, brain injury, addiction and fine motor control. In total the 60 high school students (plus teachers and support staff) spent three hours increasing their knowledge and understanding of the human brain.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

University links to local schools

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

University link to schools as the schools who had the most to do with the university were first to respond and book their places, filling the available spaces quickly

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:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research

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

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Fact Sheets
  • Puzzles: Mindboggling Series

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?

Increased awareness from students involved. Greater interest in brain research from students- career path options. Greater confidence for Brain Bee activities

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

Our high school students enjoyed hands on activities and would have liked more interaction with real brains

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Sharron Long

Contact Phone:

07 42321927

Contact Email:

sharron.long1@jcu.edu.au

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