Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lecture/ Briefing
- School Program
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- High School students(9-12)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
We visited local high and middle schools with the goal to teach young students the basics of neuroscience and show them why our brains and nervous systems are truly amazing phenomena. In Patchogue Medford High School, we gave a presentation on the physiology of our brain and arranged the following activities: sheep brain anatomy demonstration, human-to-human interface, neuron making, and anatomy through models. In the Islip Middle School, we visited a small class of 15 elementary school students and explained fundamental concepts of neuroscience, gave interesting facts about our brains, showed the sheep brain and visual illusions, and helped them make their own neurons out of magic clay. As the students found our presentation very informative and entertaining, we strongly believe that we achieved our goals.
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:
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Fact Sheets
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
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 believe that the young students we visited at local public schools gained very valuable knowledge of the neuroscience and nervous systems. The parents, teachers, and other classmates of these students learned more about the field of neuroscience as well.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
The only suggestion we have is to make the lessons very engaging to keep people interested and excited about the subject of neuroscience.