Brain Awareness Week

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Oklahomka State University Center for Health and Sciences

Organized by:
Oklahomka State University Center for Health and Sciences

Participating Organizations:
Oklahoma State University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

4

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Symposium
  • Workshop
  • Other: Outreach-Neuroscience Hands-on

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

300

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The BAW week theme this year was exercise your brain power. All our activities were about benefits of exercise, exercise-induced effects on the brain, highlighting the relevance of doing regularly physical activity. Our goal was educate Oklahoman population about the benefits of exercise and at the same time inform about the different types of exercise available for prevent or revert stroke or addiction utilizing exercise as a therapeutic intervention. Our BAW schedule covered: 1) Minisymposium: A neuroscientist's prescription for improving your Brain's performance. 2) Conference: Exercise prepare the brain to learn. 3) TED Talk format: This is your brain on exercise. 4) Exercise your brain: neuroscience hand-on activities and opportunity to explore the human brain in real time. As a result we reached out approximately 300 people among students and health professionals give us as a result a very successful BAW

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Email: because we have access to all medical students, graduate students, staff and faculty as well as members from the SFN Tulsa Chapter. Social Media: because we did a collaboration with the Tulsa Children Museum, they advertise the events trough their Facebook page and that spread out the voice in a more efficient manner.

Resources

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!
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • BAW Certificate of Participation

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

  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Coloring Sheets
  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans

Other Downloadable Materials:

  • Thinking caps already colored.

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

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster
  • BAW Web site banner
  • BAW Facebook Cover Photo

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The appreciation of neuroscience outreach among medical students is not the best in our state. This is the second year that we organized the BAW and participation was considerable more than last year providing evidence that medical students are giving more value to neuroscience outreach and they gauge better its benefits. The activity on the museum give the opportunity to home school kids to have access to the anatomy of a human brain, even educators at the museum benefit from this activity

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

Having access to wet specimens of human brains make considerable more attractive your activities also promote interests in neuroscience when you are on a budget.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Yes It was very helpful because through the Facebook notifications I found about materials available, deadlines and other activities. My only suggestion will be pay more attention to underrepresented states as our Oklahoma, we never appear on the Facebook news, will be a good idea published one new from each state, Here in OK we don't have the economical resources that Princeton or Mount Sinai but we are still doing the BAW every year

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Dolores Vazquez Sanroman

Contact Phone:

9185618346

Contact Email:

dolores.vazquez_sanroman@okstate.edu

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