University of Miami

Organized by:
University of Miami

Participating Organizations:

University of Miami St. Thomas University Barry University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The eight annual Miami Brain Fair on Saturday, February 10, 2018 was a Brain Awareness outreach event to teach our local community about how the brain works and the neuroscience research being conducted at our universities. The event took place at the Miami-Dade College North campus in conjunction with the Miami-Dade STEAM Expo, which brings together over 25,000 K-12 students, teachers and parents to participate in science competitions. The event was supported by the University of Miami The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the University of Miami Undergraduate Neuroscience Program and the Miami Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Three universities and over 40 volunteers participated by providing interactive exhibits for the attendees. In addition to the Miami Brain Fair, we hosted a Brain Bee, a high school competition on neuroscience knowledge and facts. There were 10 high schools that participated with a total of 26 high school student competitors. The winner of the Miami Brain Bee competed in the USA National Brain Bee.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails to people known to be interested was the most successfully publicity method.


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:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain
  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

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

  • New Puzzles/Games

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 winner of our Miami Brain Bee was mentored by one of our MD/PhD students to utilize the University of Miami Medical School resources to review human brain anatomy and case studies in preparation for the National Brain Bee. This fosters a pipeline of future neuroscientists by providing them with unique guidance and mentorship from our current medical and graduate students. In addition, this provides our medical and graduate students with the opportunity to develop their teaching skills.

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

Partnering with our regional science fair was a very good use of shared resources.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


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Contact Information

BAW Website:

Contact Name:

Coleen Atkins

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