University of Kentucky

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University of Kentucky

Participating Organizations:

University of KentuckyMaxwell Elementary

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology students at UK presented a Brain safety and facts lecture to 4 classes comprised of 2nd and 3rd graders. The students learned to identify hemispheres, lobes and basic functions as well as learn about safety (e.g., helmets) and health (drugs, and food). The event comprised of a 10 min interactive power point on smart board followed by handling a real human brain and making brain hats. The event was well liked by the students and the teachers. Based on letters of gratitude that were send from some students it appears they learned much more than expected and were very excited to know if we would come back.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Email. The Principal of the school sent our mission statement to the teachers, and 4 teachers opted in for the 2 hour lesson in brain awareness.


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 Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

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

  • Brain Briefs Fact Sheets

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

  • Activities/Experiments

Other Downloadable Materials:

  • Brain hat

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

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The teachers expressed how helpful it was for them to understand more about Brains safety as education about the brain were in the curriculum. As well as hands on experience we were able facilitate increased student attention.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

The brain hat is too difficult with children in 2nd grade (and lower) without having many helpers.

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Beth Ann Rice

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