University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Participating Organizations:

Neuroscience Program University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Other
  • Other: lab demonstration booths at a children's museum

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The objective is to conduct an outreach program for the community so they can learn about what is Neuroscience? as well as learn what we do at the University. We rent out an auditorium at a nearby community children’s science museum. We have 20-26 neuroscience laboratories participate. Each lab has a table with an activity associated with their research such as Make a Neuron from pipe cleaners, look at worms under the microscope, touch a brain, computer quizzes. We have 400-600 parents and children come through and participate at each of our booths. It is very successful.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

We print flyers for all the elementary schools in town. They are given out in the week before the event. This is the primary way we advertise the event.


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:

  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

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

  • Activities/Experiments

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

We provide an educational and FUN afternoon of activities for children and their caregivers. Involving children in science activities from an early age is important.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Megan Mahoney

Contact Phone:


Contact Email:

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