University of California Santa Barbara

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University of California Santa Barbara

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)
  • Other

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Brainy Kids: Drs. Szumlinski and Kippin conducted 45-min presentations about sensation and perception, brain safety, and memory to the 7 Pre-K (ages 3-5) class rooms at the UCSB Orfalea Family Childrens’ Center. Children also viewed mouse, rat, sheep and human brains. Children received coloring books and stickers to take home. Brain Awareness Week at Hope Elementary: Drs. Szumlinski and Kippin conducted a similar 45-min, in-class, program for the 2 kindergarten and 2 grade 1 class rooms at Hope Elementary school. Children received coloring books, pencils, brain erasers to take home. Brain Booth: At the Hope Elementary School’s STEM night, Dr. Szumlinski set up an exhibit with models, posters, books and jars of brains and fielded questions from students ad their families about the brain and nervous system. Children were able to touch brains and spinal cords and play with brain models. Stickers and buttons were distributed.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

As these were relatively small scale events, the flyers and posters around the school were sufficient.


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!
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • BAW Buttons

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

  • BAW Certificate of Participation
  • Puzzles: K-12
  • Mindboggling Coloring Sheets

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

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

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Participation Certificate

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

This is now the 3rd year that we’ve conducted the BAW events at the preschool and the children talk about it for years afterwards. It is a wonderful enrichment activity for the young children. The Brain Booth was very well received and we intend to continue to participate in STEM nights at Hope and will extend to other schools in the district. The in-class presentations at Hope Elementary have now been requested for the upper grades so we will be expanding our program for next year!

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Quotable comments which capture successful aspects of your event(s):

"Hey look! It's the Brain Lady!"-what I hear every morning from a 4 year-old who attended our presentation LAST YEAR!

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Karen Szumlinski

Contact Phone:


Contact Email:

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