Brain Awareness Week

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Pacific Lutheran University

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Pacific Lutheran University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

10

Year:

2017

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other
  • Radio Show
  • School Program
  • Other: flyers around campus

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

200

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Students from PLU's PSYC 440 (Human Neuropsychology) course participated in BAW for course credit. Students worked alone and in groups to create programming around campus and the community. Some of the programming includes: 1. 2 students created flyers and ads for the events to place around campus. These flyers had facts about the brain. 2. 2 students demonstrated the 'Human-Human interface' in the university center, demonstrating how neurons work to control muscles. 3. 1 student did a radio show dedicated to mental illness and discussed the neurological processes of mental illness. 4. 2 students visited elementary schools and discussed how neurons worked. 5. 1 student visited his high school basketball team and discussed TBI risks and preventions 6. 3 students presented information on stress and the brain at the university center and provided relaxation techniques (and stress balls) 7. 3 students presented information about optical illusions and the brain and human perception. 8.One student visited her Sunday school and discussed a neurological disorder that one of the students was recently diagnosed with. 9. One student held a bbq and discussed the aging brain with his friends and family

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Posters/Flyers
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

In Class announcements Dr. Finley passed out pamphlets to faculty as they entered faculty assembly to help spread the word.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Giving in-person announcements creates a personal touch

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:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and 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?

  • Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments

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

  • BAW Web site banner
  • BAW LinkedIn Cover Photo

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

My students gained information about public outreach in their class. They were able to apply what they learned to help others learn as well. Students at PLU may have gotten a chance to learn a bit about the brain. Many faculty at PLU did not know BAW was even a thing, so at least they are now aware and may get involved next year.

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

Planning ahead is key, especially when students are responsible for planning and organizing.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Yes. I learned about the free resources to order. Students really appreciated these flyers and stickers to hand out.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Sara Finley

Contact Phone:

2535357660

Contact Email:

finleysr@plu.edu

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