Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lecture/ Briefing
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- Middle school students(6-8)
- Other: Preschool students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
I actually started conducting BAW activities in January and continued activities through to May and we had our largest program yet! The UCSB Brainiacs presented exhibits at STEM nights for 5 different elementary schools, 2 STEM fairs at Girls Inc, KidsFest during UCSB’s All Gaucho Reunion and a Jr High Science Fair. We also conducted 45-min, in-class presentations, to all K-6 students at Hope and Monte Vista Elementary schools, K-5 students at Vieja Valley Elementary, 1st and 5th grades at Brandon Elementary and the 7 pre-school classrooms at UCSB’s daycare. This year, the Brainiacs team grew by 8 members (4 graduate and 4 undergraduate students), which enabled us to research more than twice as many children in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area than last year.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
Other Publicity Methods:
word of mouth through school principals, teachers and parents.
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:
- It’s Mindboggling!
- More Mindbogglers!
- BAW Pencils and Erasers
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Lesson Plans
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 sheer fact that I am already getting requests for conducting Brainiacs presentations for next year is a strong indicator that our community greatly appreciates our efforts in educating Santa Barbara/Goleta students in neuroscience.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
You can purchase cow, pig and sheep brains, as well as spinal cords for exhibit purposes for an affordable price from a company called BiologyProducts. The kids loved being able to manipulate them and compare across the different species.
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