Brain Awareness Week

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University of Cincinnati

Organized by:
University of Cincinnati

Participating Organizations:
Cincinnati Museum Center, University of Cincinnati Neurobiology Research Center

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

3

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • School Program
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

80

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

1. On-Site Lab Activities at Cincinnati Museum Center. We returned to the Cincinnati Museum Center’s STEM Discovery Lab and hosted lab activities that taught children and their parents informative facts about the brain. Hands-on activities provided school-aged children with a fun and interactive perspective on the brain while encouraging parental involvement in science education. 2. Brain Awareness Week Art Show and “Tedtalk”. One of our goals was to provide something for the adults in the community. As we did last year, we had another Art Show, inviting artists in the community to submit their “brain-inspired” art work. Information on this went to local schools, art studios, and libraries. The art was displayed in an art show on March 16th. This art show increased awareness of BAW and overall interest in our activities. The Neuroscience Graduate Program also gave ‘TEDtalk’-inspired seminar on various fields in Neuroscience. The talks was be led by 2 invited speakers, who have demonstrated their ability to talk about neuroscience in a captivating and simple way. 3. Classroom Activities with Mt. Healthy Jr/Sr High School. For the first time, we added a classroom component to our Brain Awareness Week activities. Our objective was to establish a relationship of teaching neuroscience in the classroom of young students. We hope to add this component to our activities permanently in the future. Working with Mrs. Veronica Dean, we taught two classes of 7th grade students along with two classes of special needs students. We used hands-on activities to teach the students about the brain and answered any questions that these students had. The students were very engaged and had interesting questions for us as researchers.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails/Posters&Flyers were most successful for us. The emails went directly to interested parties and the flyers were posted in high foot traffic areas throughout the UC community.

Resources

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:

  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

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

  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Web site banner

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

BAW participation this year was able to teach a vast majority of age groups about the brain. Some of the immediate outcomes were school aged children inquiring more about advanced degrees in neuroscience. Furthermore UC NGP was able to gain more exposure and has been invited to put on more programs teaching audiences about the brain.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Yes

Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Keila Miles

Contact Phone:

3019570577

Contact Email:

mileskl@mail.uc.edu

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