University of Alabama at Birmingham

Organized by:
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Participating Organizations:

Comprehensive Neuroscience Center at UAB

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: Neuroscience Demonstrations at the McWane Science Center

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

During our week long event at the McWane Science Center, 60+ volunteer undergraduate students, graduate students, post docs, and faculty from UAB conducted neuroscience demonstrations. Each morning of the week, we performed sheep brain dissections. Each afternoon, we performed cow eye dissections, perception activities to include a taste receptor demo, a touch receptor demo and a prism google demo, and finally in the late afternoon we conducted noisy neurons demonstrations.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The McWane Science Center advertised the event for over the Birmingham school district spring break week.


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:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Pencils

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

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

First of all, the volunteers all had the opportunity to share science with a lay audience in a way that was easily understood. The students were able to share in the passion for science and become more interested in neuroscience.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

recruit volunteers early

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


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Contact Information

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Contact Name:

Mandy Biles

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