Museum of Science, Boston

Organized by:
Museum of Science, Boston

Participating Organizations:

Boston College, Boston University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, McLean Hospital, Northeastern University, Tufts University, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Massachusetts Boston

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Our program took place over two days. The first day was part of our High School Science Series. 300 students heard Dr. Marisa Silveri from McLean Hospital talk about the adolescent brain. Those students and 500-600 more had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities facilitated by scientists and students from the above previous mentioned institutions (including BU, BC, Northeastern, Mass General, the Brigham and McLean hospital). Highlights included touching a human brain, practicing a lumbar puncture on a medical model, and participating in brain development research. The second day of the event was for our general museum visitors of all ages. In addition to the hands-on activities from the previous day we had several talks as well. Dr. Terrie Inder from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital talked about the newborn brain. Dr. Guiseppina Tesco from Tufts University spoke about Alzheimer’s Disease. There was also a panel of Boston University researchers discussing and answering questions on “Understanding Brain Trauma.” Topics included TBI, PTSD, CTE, and concussion. Over 250 visitors attended those talks, and several thousand visited the museum that day to participate in the activities. We also had a table of BAW information including the pamphlets, booklets, stickers, and pencils that we received from the BAW. Our Hall of Human Life was especially active over these two days, where we focused on the brain programming that we already had in place. Our goal was to inspire people to learn more about these fascinating and cutting-edge areas of research. We had a significant amount of positive feedback from our visitors and from the participating scientists.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Website
  • Social Media


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:

  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

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

  • Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments

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

  • BAW Logos

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Contact Information

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Contact Name:

Susan Heilman

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