University of California Santa Barbara

Organized by:
University of California Santa Barbara

Participating Organizations:

The Brainiacs

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • Other
  • University students
  • Other: Preschool children

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Now officially a club at UCSB (finally!), The UCSB Brainiacs ran their largest Brain Awareness Program since their inception in 2012. The Brainiacs run a Brain Awareness Program all academic year long, using Dana Foundation supplies from last year and new supplies this year. Over the course of this year, The Brainiacs presented Brain Awareness exhibits during Science Nights at 12 different elementary schools in the Santa Barbara and Goleta area. These exhibits also included a collection of animal brains (mouse, rat, sheep, pig, cow) + cow spinal cord for hands-on learning. We also visited the 5th grade Science class at Vieja Valley Elementary to kick off their lesson plan on human anatomy. We continued to run our 45-min preschool program in February for the Orfalea Family Childrens’ Center, reaching out to 9 preschool classrooms. We participated again this year at the All Gaucho Reunion’s Kid’s Fest in April, which is a community event involving exhibits and activities for all ages. I also had the pleasure of presenting an oral lecture during BAW on the incubation of craving phenomenon to the Gauchos in Recovery Program, which was open to the public.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

All of our events were organized through local schools or on-campus organizations and so we did not conduct any additional advertisements.


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
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

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

  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

The Dana Foundation has been absolutely instrumental in providing us with informative handouts and fun activities to conduct during our year-long program. The elementary students and their families are immediately attracted to our exhibits because of the fun and colorful hand-outs and activities.

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

Save your leftover supplies from year to year!

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Karen Szumlinski

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