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Stetson University

Organized by:
Stetson University

Participating Organizations:
Stetson University Psychology DepartmentStetson University Biology DepartmentThe Gillespie Museum

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2015

Type of Events Held:

  • Open House

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

30

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

On March 21, the theme for third annual Science Saturday for Neuroscience at the Gillespie Museum was “Mindboggling Brain Awareness!” Ten learning stations offering sensory and motor system demonstrations and brain-teasing games; a make-it/take-it corner for building a model of a neuron or illustrating the nervous system; and interactive displays and information tables on drug use prevention were available. The stations, engaging both brains and bodies, were staffed by students in two Stetson honorary societies, Psi Chi (psychology) and Beta Beta Beta (biology). All participants received a BAW Certificate of Completion, in addition to a BAW sticker and pencil, a brain eraser, and a Mind Boggling pamphlet, all generously provided by the Dana Foundation. The event was organized by Camille Tessitore King, Professor of Psychology, Michael S. King, Professor of Biology, and Karen Cole, Director, Gillespie Museum of Minerals. Those who attended said they learned much about the brain, had fun learning about it, and appreciated our being holding the event! So, for these individuals, we achieved our goals. We hope to expand our advertising next year to increase the number of attendees.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Press Release/Media Advisory

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

We only used a press release this year and were not as successful as in years past. We will use other publicity methods next year. We also will not hold the event the first weekend of spring break! We think doing so negatively affected our attendance.

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!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • Staying Sharp Bookmark
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • BAW Buttons

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?

  • Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments

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

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The Gillespie Museum hosts a variety of science activities, including Science Saturdays. Including a neuroscience event as one of the Science Saturdays has strengthened the series and given it more variety. The local community attends many of these events and is very appreciative that the events are free and open to the public.

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

Advertise well! So much planning and work goes into the event that it is somewhat disappointing if the attendance is not what you expected.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Just keep up the great work!

Quotable comments which capture successful aspects of your event(s):

No good quotes this year :(

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Camille Tessitore King

Contact Phone:

(386) 822-7093

Contact Email:

cking@stetson.edu

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