NW Noggin

Organized by:
NW Noggin

Participating Organizations:

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center (NEOAHEC), Velo Cult Bike Shop/Pub, Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • School Program
  • Workshop
  • Other: Visit to body donation company
  • Other: three day outreach in rural eastern Washington

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

Over 1000, in Portland and Hillsboro (Oregon) and Davenport (Washington)

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We made pipe cleaner neurons and brain cell prints, directly demonstrated the electrical nature of information flow in our own neural networks, and introduced real human brains to hundreds of students at the annual OHSU Brain Fair at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI). We also visited classrooms at Hillsboro’s Liberty High School, and participated in an actual human cadaver dissection at BioGift, a body donation company, which provided our nonprofit with new brains for outreach. And we took our graduate and undergraduate outreach volunteers on the road to rural eastern Washington for several exciting, educational days of brains and art in local Davenport public schools – meeting with every kindergarten through 9th grade student in town! Learn more about these efforts, and how every week can be Brain Awareness Week, at nwnoggin.org

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website
  • Social Media
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

Incredible, informative, eye-catching posters by talented NW Noggin Arts Coordinator Jeff Leake. For examples, please see nwnoggin.org, and also http://nwnoggin.org/2016/03/20/velo-cult-posters-by-jeff-leake/

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The art posters are exceptionally helpful, and so is social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,...)

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

It was definitely helpful to add Brain Awareness Week links and details to our blog posts and announcements, to highlight and to engage with established BAW events like the OHSU OMSI Brain Fair…

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

Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate! Make connections (like neurons do), and become a richer node in a distributed social network 🙂 Go to where the need is greatest – under-served public schools, homeless shelters and youth centers, rural communities excited about discovering new opportunities. Share resources and support each other

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


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Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Bill Griesar

Contact Phone:

(503) 914-7487

Contact Email:


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