University of California Santa Barbara

Organized by:
University of California Santa Barbara

Participating Organizations:

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UCSB

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • Other
  • 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

Other Publicity Methods:

word of mouth through school principals, teachers and parents.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

We have no funding to print posters or flyers and thus, we rely exclusively on word of mouth.


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.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Karen Szumlinski

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