Brain Awareness Week

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University of Miami

Organized by:
University of Miami

Participating Organizations:
The Miami Project to Cure ParalysisSociety for Neuroscience Miami ChapterUniversity of Miami Undergraduate Neuroscience ProgramUniversity of Miami Neuroscience Graduate ProgramFlorida International UniversityBarry UniversitySt. Thomas UniversityMiami-Dade Public Schools

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

2

Year:

2020

Type of Events Held:

  • Brain Bee
  • Brain Fair

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

1200

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The 10th annual Miami Brain Fair was held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Miami-Dade College North campus, in collaboration with the Miami-Dade Regional STEAM Expo and Miami-Dade public schools. This event had over 25,000 K-12 students, teachers and parents in attendance. The Miami Brain Fair designed 12 exhibits. These exhibits were complementary to each other and featured hands on activities to teach children various nervous system concepts. The exhibits were designed by faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students from 4 different universities: University of Miami, St. Thomas University, Barry University and Florida International University. Each exhibit had 4-10 volunteers teaching at the exhibit and several were independently designed and led by graduate and undergraduate students. The Miami Brain Bee was held in conjunction with the Brain Fair and had 57 senior high school student registrants from 16 senior high schools. This was led by Dr. Katie Gant from the University of Miami and as well as 14 other volunteers, including a past Miami Brain Bee winner.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

Word of mouth

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Word of mouth, people attended because this was advertised by word of mouth through the public schools

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:

  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • Brain Awareness Week Stickers
  • Brain Awareness Week Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

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

  • Brain Awareness Week Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Our high school students have been able to participate in the national Brain Bee in previous years. This year's winner will be eligible to compete next year in 2021 for the national Brain Bee.

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

Our exhibits all featured hands on activities. This helped the students learn the neuroscience concepts. The surveys we distributed at the exhibits indicated that the hands on activities were considered the best part of the exhibits.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Event Photos

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Miami Brain Bee Winners 2020

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Build a Neuron Exhibit

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Bug Eyes Exhibit

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Brain on Drugs Exhibit

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Spinal Cord Injury Exhibit

Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://www.themiamiproject.org/resources/brain-fair/

Contact Name:

Coleen Atkins

Contact Phone:

305-742-7845

Contact Email:

catkins@med.miami.edu

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