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Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Organized by:
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Participating Organizations:
Girls Scouts of Western PA, Boy Scouts of Western PA

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

2

Year:

2021

Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: Scout program

Target Audiences:

  • High school students (9-12)
  • Middle school students (6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

40

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Slippery Rock Students prepared videotaped lessons about the brain and brain health. I took those to several Boy and Girl scout troop meetings where the students listened to some activities lessons and directions on Ipads and I provided some hands-on activities. The scouts completed the pipe cleaner neuron, protect the brain and touch a brain lessons provided by BAW education materials. Additionally, scouts made helmets for eggs and tested them and talked about why helmets were important for brain safety (huge hit). Lastly, scouts earned the healthy brain scout badge. These particular groups of scouts are from rural western PA and for most had never heard about neuro-related topics. They were generally excited, several had siblings that asked to join, and were engaged throughout the whole program. It was very popular with the troop leaders as well and we were asked to do this again with more troops.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

I reached out to the Boy and Girl Scout local leaders, who took the BAW educational lessons paperwork to the western PA scout council who approved the materials/lessons, that I and my students would facilitate.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Reaching out directly to the troop leaders.

Resources

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

  • Kids' Fact Sheets Grades 6-8
  • Lesson Plans Grades 6-8
  • Lesson Plans Grades 9-12
  • More Mindbogglers! Booklet
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

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

  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments

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

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Specifically, it allows my Slippery Rock students to have a direct positive impact on the local community while building skills on preparing and delivering age-appropriate lessons. Additionally, as a rural area, it is often the first time these scouts/attendees are exposed to neuro-related lessons/materials and often the first time exposed to female scientists (I and some of my students are female).

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

We were initially stumped on how to continue to support BAW initiatives in a rural area as many do not have wifi and locations where scouts meet did not have the equipment to facilitate virtual events. We came up with pre-recording lessons and using Ipdas. This allowed me to have several stations going on at these troop events (once fully vaccinated and with proper PPE, I facilitated these events).

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Yes

Event Photos

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Neural Networks (Pipe Cleaner Neuron lesson plan)

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Helmets for Safe Brains (following protect a brain lesson plan)

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Virtual Pipe Cleaner Lesson Plan discussion and directions provided by Slippery Rock University Student

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Scout healthy brain badge

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Beth Ann Rice

Contact Phone:

7247382583

Contact Email:

bethann.rice@sru.edu

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