Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- High School students(9-12)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
Around 100 students--almost exclusively underrepresented minorities in STEM fields--participated at two different Philadelphia area high schools. We had 30 volunteers, including Temple University undergraduates, graduate students, laboratory technicians, and five faculty members. Activities were divided between six stations: Sensation, EEG, Motor Learning, Comparative Neuroanatomy, Cognitive Testing, and Tricking the Brain. Some highlights of the activities included: mirror tracing, the rubber hand illusion, and tasting lemon juice after dissolving a miracle fruit tablet on the tongue. Our goal was to expose local high school students to key concepts in neuroscience and psychology through engaging and fun activities. Feedback from the teachers and students suggest that the events were very successful at this.
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:
- BAW Pencils
- Brain-shaped Erasers
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Logos
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
The best thing about the BAW outreach is how it benefits both students in the community and also the college students who volunteer. The students who attend are not only are exposed to new ideas and concepts, but they also get a chance to interact with college students and ask questions about the college experience. The volunteers get to share the knowledge and experience they have gained in college, as well as experience with teaching science to others.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
The science background of the students at the two schools we visited was quite different. In the future, we will adjust the activities to better take this into account.
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