Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
2 events with multiple lecturers in 2 different schools.
Type of Events Held:
- Lab Tour
- Lecture/ Briefing
- School Program
- Other: Mouse dissection
- High School students(9-12)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
The project I organized was aimed at approximately 550 high school students, aged 14-18, in Debrecen In Hungary, there are limited possibilities outside of Budapest for students to learn science interactively. High school students especially, are only able to learn about anatomy and neuroscience in textbooks. As a high school sophomore interested in neuroscience, I believed that providing students with opportunities to learn neuroscience topics was needed. My BAW project took the science of our brain and nervous system directly to these students and engaged them with interactive lectures, competitions, mouse dissections, lab exhibitions and posters. The professors from the University of Debrecen: Dr. Péter Szücs(Sensing and Realizing Pain Requires Complex Neuronal Networks, Mouse Dissection) Dr. Zoltán Kisvárday(How Does the Brain See?, Lab Exhibition) Dr. Zoltán Mészár(Why Does Our Brain Age?) Dr. Aletta Harman(Stroke: Why Is Early Detection Important?) Dr. Balázs Pál(Drumbeats for the Brain: The Reticular Activating System, Glial Cell: “Smartglue”or Partner in Thinking?) Dr. Attila Laczovics(We are Our Brain) Dr. László Oláh(Cerebral Circulation) In summary, a lot of students seemed very interested in the project. Many students interest towards research seemed to be awakened and many of them strengthened their goal of going into a medical field. The feedback from students and teachers alike, was very positive.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
- Social Media
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:
- BAW Pencils
- Brain-shaped Erasers
Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:
- Self designed booklet with DANA information inside.
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Kids Fact Sheets Grades 9-12
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Puzzles/Games
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Flyer
- BAW Logos
- BAW Poster
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Many high school students benefitted from the events and could learn more about their brain and nervous system. There aren’t many outreach possibilities or creative learning methods in Hungary, so I think the events were very educational for the students. We heard positive feedback from everyone. The students are also expecting the events next year. They engaged in the quizzes and activities with enthusiasm, while learning about things that affect their own body and day to day life.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
If events are held in schools, try to organize the lectures in the morning hours. The students were more attentive and more students attended the earlier lectures.
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