Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- General Public
- High School students(9-12)
- Middle school students(6-8)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
At each event, we engaged visitors in the following activities, choosing to excite their interest and teach them fundamental concepts related to the nervous system: 1) see/touch a human brain 2) see/hear electricity from your own muscles (surface electromyograms from the biceps) 3) see how your brain changes in a minute (throwing balls after wearing prism goggles) 4) fool your brain about where your hand is using a proprioceptive illusion (muscle massager on triceps tendon with eyes closed) 5) see how fruit flies stop moving when their synapses temporarily stop functioning (temperature-sensitive mutation) 6) experience how smell is integrated with taste in the brain (judging jellybean flavor with eyes and nose closed). Some photos of these activities are at http://www.ou.edu/cbn/news-and-events/annual-events/. This year, we held our annual BAW event at Science Museum Oklahoma, now in collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience, Oklahoma Chapter, on April 19-20, 2019, with about 500 attendees and participated in ScienceFest at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City on 5/2/2019, with about 500 4th-5th graders visiting our exhibit.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Social Media
Other Publicity Methods:
Science Museum Oklahoma and ScienceFest had their own publicity efforts.
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
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:
- Brain-shaped Erasers
- BAW Pencils
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Great engagement and education of both children and adults.
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