Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- High School students(9-12)
- Middle school students(6-8)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
The Lakeview Tutoring Program organized a BAW event at the Lakeview school (an alternative school for kids with emotional and behavioral issues). The event consisted of various stations focused on teaching the students about brain anatomy and function, concussions, and adolescent decision making. In the brain anatomy section, we had a real sheep brain and human brain (curtsy of UNC). We also had a concussion station that consisted concussion goggles that simulate the affects of a concussion on vision. We also had a reaction time activity that uses EMG to measure a muscle contraction reaction to a light stimulus to teach kids about sensorimotor function. The event was a huge success. The students seemed very engaged and interested in the activities and the teachers at the Lakeview school want to make the event a yearly occurrence.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- 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:
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain
- BAW Pencils
- The Mindboggling Workbook
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Mindboggling Coloring Sheets
- Brain Briefs Fact Sheets
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Lesson Plans
- New Puzzles/Games
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 Lakeview Tutoring Program is aimed toward bring STEM education events to underrepresented minority students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to participate in these types of events. We found that the students at the Lakeview school were very interested in the activities and the teachers at the school would like us to implement more BAW and STEM events to help engage the students at the school.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
We made the mistake of trying to give a presentation about adolescent decision making in the same cafeteria as other activities were going on. We found that it was difficult for the students who were suppose to listen to the presentation to pay attention with all of the commotion from the other activities. If students are splitting up into groups and rotating between stations/activities, we suggest separate rooms for the different stations to minimize distractions and keep students from migrating away from their group.
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