Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lecture/ Briefing
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- General Public
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
UNAM Los Angeles organized the second Los Angeles Brain Awareness Days, in collaboration with Mi Casa es Puebla, Casa Mexiquense and the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles. The events were aimed at elementary school students and the general public. Students learned about neuroscience through games and activities aimed at fostering their interest in this field, as well as teaching them how to take care of their minds and bodies. Three groups from the Rowan Elementary school attended on March 15 and 49 students from Seven Arrows participated on March 14 and 16. The event included lectures by leading neuroscientists, as well as seven didactic exhibit stations that used games and craft-making to teach students about brain functions and physiology. The lectures were: Do you remember me by Dr. Manuel López de Anda; Speechless: how the brain allows us to speak by Dr. Rafael Romero; My career in neurosciences by Dr. Araceli Espinosa; Huntington: a disease written in genes by Dr. Ana Maria Estrada; and Autism: causes, myths and hope by Dr. Maria Lázaro. The didactic exhibits were brain model, the wonderful sense of smell, make you own neuron, brain calls, blurred vision, the emotional brain, and bumps and grooves. Based on our experience in last year’s BAW, we improved our logistics and refined the content of the didactic exhibits and lectures. We believe that this proved to be successful and experienced great results. Students had fun and learned about the topic at hand.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Social Media
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
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 and Erasers
- The Mindboggling Workbook
- BAW Buttons
- Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Lesson Plans
- New Puzzles/Games
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?
We benefited two different communities: English language learners from East Los Angeles, where students do not have many opportunities to engage in field trips and scientific hands-on learning; and students from a private elementary school in Pacific Palisades. Students learned about what makes us who we are, as well as to understand that the brain controls our emotions and responses to the outside world.
Did/do you like our Facebook page?
Was the information provided on Facebook useful?
Yes, the information was helpful and provided ideas for the activities, such as giving students brain hats to make them more engaged in the activities.