Northwest Noggin (

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Northwest Noggin (

Participating Organizations:

A complete list of our many collaborating institutions is found here:

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

We organize around 50 - 75 events annually, throughout the year



Type of Events Held:

  • Brain Fair
  • Conference/Forum
  • Exhibit
  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/Briefing
  • Open House
  • Radio Show
  • School Program
  • Social Media Campaign
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students (1-5)
  • General Public
  • High school students (9-12)
  • K-12 Teachers
  • Middle school students (6-8)
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Seniors
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

We've met with over 40,000 K-12 students and members of the public since 2012

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

NW Noggin brings together students, scientists, educators, and artists to enthuse and inform academic priority K-12, and the public, about science and art. Our participants (who are ALL volunteer) integrate arts to collaboratively develop outreach programs designed to be engaging and personally relevant. We seek to spark a lifelong interest in science and art, provide teaching opportunities, and foster understanding and enthusiasm for ongoing scientific research and art in our community.You can learn more about our mission here:

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Social media and unique, eye-catching poster art are most effective at drawing out crowds for free public events.


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 other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Greater awe, awareness and understanding of the brain, and the importance of public investment in neuroscience research. Enthusiasm by undergraduate and graduate volunteers, and better knowledge of our community needs, interests and resources.

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

GO PLACES. Even though it’s difficult in a pandemic – going places and being there virtually may be an option. Don’t assume that you’re the expert on everything; listen and learn from others. Talk with people who aren’t already fellow scientists. Stop charging people – paywalled “SciTalk” conferences (mostly for other scientists or professional “science communicators”), museum admissions exclude so many amazing members of our community. Meet youth without homes, academic priority K-12 students, people in prison. Tell stories, make art, celebrate mistakes, connect, challenge biases and discover.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Not on Facebook – sorry! (Neither are many of the community members we reach). But we do follow on Instagram and Twitter.

Event Photos

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Art and Brain!

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Learning about electrophysiology on the road in Grants Pass, Oregon

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Collaborating with homeless youth at p:ear

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At the OHSU OMSI Brain Fair 2020

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At the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility with brains and art

Contact Information

BAW Website:

Contact Name:

Bill Griesar

Contact Phone:


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