Brain Awareness Week

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The Peak School

Organized by:
The Peak School

Participating Organizations:
Colorado State University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

4

Year:

2017

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

100

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

During Brain Awareness Week, the Peak School hosted a number of events. Students participated in a school wide cell phone experiment, where they self reported their observations of how they felt when their phone was in their locker for the class period, turned off, on the table but unable to be used, etc. This generated a lot of discussion and self reflection as to how cell phone use dictates our actions. Colorado State University also came with Dr. Leslie Stone-Roy to present to us some really awesome lab and experiments with some of her lab aids! Another day, students participated in a school wide experiment to see how background noise, music and silence affected their reaction times and short term memories. A debrief with advisors was useful for students to learn how they best can remember and focus under particular conditions. Lastly, to promote Mental Health Awareness, students participated in a gallery walk and observed drawings by Shawn Coss to open up a discussion as to how we can empathize and help those with mental illness, as well as discuss what resources were available in the community. Overall, this last activity was the most impactful and many students have retained their new found empathy for those experiencing mental illness.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website
  • Social Media

Other Publicity Methods:

Our School Blog (http://thepeakschool.education/brain-awareness-week/)

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Mostly word of mouth was the best; we have a lot of students and a small community!

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:

  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Fact Sheets
  • Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

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?

It gave many of our students a new awareness and information as to how to best use their brains. It also provided an opportunity to give students materials to local organizations that can help them in case they are in need of mental health services for themselves or a friend.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

It would be really great to have more age-appropriate videos posted, produced by BAW or not. It would additionally be helpful if they were labeled in such a way that teachers could easily access what materials would be best for their age group.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Monica Mills

Contact Phone:

970.368.5601

Contact Email:

monica.mills@thepeakschool.org

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