Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Brain Fair
- Lab Tour
- School Program
- General Public
- High school students (9-12)
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
We hosted a brain-machine interface event with Maui Economic Development Board and StemWorx at the Honolulu Convention Center. This event normally hosts 5000 people but was limited to 800 due to Covid. In addition, we also hosted a symposium by professor Thomas Thesen who spoke on Language in the Brain. This was attended by 37 researchers, professors, professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students. We also hosted lab tours at the Brain and Behavior Laboratory. All events were well-attended, very successful and achieved their goals.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Social Media
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Puzzles: BAW Favorites
- Adults' Fact Sheets
- Brain Break Activities Grades K-12
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
We were able to reach a great amount of people and spread awareness. We have connected our community further and had a very successful symposium/talk. This turned out very positive. Lab tours further solidified the brain community here. The convention center event was great for outreach and for connecting our younger researchers to some of the local funding agencies. For this event, our partnership with 2 larger organizations proved very effective for reaching a lot of people.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
Partnerships are great. The brain community here is a slow moving and loyal one. By gradually strengthening and increasing that community we are creating a very solid foundation.