University of California Santa Barbara Brainiacs

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University of California Santa Barbara Brainiacs

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The UCSB Brainiacs held another successful year of presenting neuroscience-related exhibits to local elementary schools in the Santa Barbara and Goleta areas. This year, we reached out to 10 different schools and presented our exhibit consisting of a lesson on comparative anatomy (brains from mouse, rat, pig, sheep and cow + cow spinal cord).

Event Planning & Publicity

Other Publicity Methods:

Elementary school notifications via Parent Square


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:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • Staying Sharp Bookmark
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Puzzles: Grades K-2
  • Puzzles: Grades 3-5
  • Kids Fact Sheets Grades 3-5

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The 3 elementary school districts in Santa Barbara and Goleta now have The Brainiacs as a regular exhibitor at their local STEM nights and we are one of the most popular exhibits every year. Through these elementary school presentations, the UCSB Brainiacs are now involved in summer camp programs as well a non-profit after-school programs to further our neuroscience outreach efforts.

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Karen Szumlinski

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