University of Washington

Organized by:
University of Washington

Participating Organizations:

University of Washington: Neuroscience Community Outreach Group Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences School of Medicine School of Nursing DO-IT – Pacific Science Center Hydrocephalus Society

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Open House

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Goals: Teach kids about neuroscience and show the diversity of the field. Provide hands-on activities to experience real science. Reach students from diverse backgrounds. Train undergraduate and graduate students in effectively interacting with the public. We had about 40 hands-on activity stations showing everything from microscopy to real brains to electrophysiology to optical illusions. We reached 850 students, with over 100 volunteers from undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, and faculty groups.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails

Other Publicity Methods:

Word of mouth

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

We have a lot of repeat visitors from year to year.


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:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers

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

  • New Coloring Sheets

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Reached hundreds of students and got media coverage directing people to online resources hosted by participating groups. Neuroscientists get to meet the people who benefit from their work.

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

The more hands-on an activity is, the better.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Kaitlyn Casimo

Contact Phone:


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