Brain Awareness Week

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Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

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Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

4

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • School Program
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

30/event

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We catered the educational information based on the targeted crowd (as we held our event with both middle and high school students). For the younger children, we began with a brief neuroscience basics lecture, followed by 6-8 stations in which the kids learned a specific lesson through interactive activities with our lab members. The events with the older children were similar, but focused on careers in science (both medical and research) as well. We also had the older kids visit our lab, in which we ran some basic experiments with them.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails, but this is because we had to directly reach out to the specific school admissions in order to set up the events at the schools.

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 Pencils and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

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
  • BAW Poster

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

I think it provided a basic intro to the younger children, which allowed them to get excited about science and brains, as well as teach them healthy habits (importance of sleep, stress management, etc.). We also stressed these healthy habits to the older kids, but they especially benefitted from discussions on careers in science.

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Yes

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Marie-France Marin

Contact Phone:

617-724-1729

Contact Email:

mmarin2@partners.org

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