Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Open House
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- General Public
- Middle school students(6-8)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
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?
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
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?
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 :(