Brain Awareness Week

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University of Washington

Organized by:
University of Washington

Participating Organizations:
Center for Neurotechnology Pacific Cascade Chapter of the SfN UW Neuroscience Community Outreach UW Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

4

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • Open House
  • School Program

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

1,000

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

1. UW BAW Open House: On March 5, 2019, approximately 750 students in grades 2-12 attended the University of Washington Brain Awareness Week Open House in the ballrooms of the Husky Union Building. As in past years, students started the Open House with a multimedia "Brain Assembly" with Dr. Eric Chudler. The students learned about neurotransmission, compared the brains of different animals and played with some visual illusions. Students then visited exhibits set up by University of Washington departments and other organizations. The Neurobiology and Behavior Community Outreach Program had exhibits to test the senses and materials to build neuron models. The DO-IT program, UW Department of Otolaryngology, Center for Neurotechnology, Epilepsy Foundation Northwest, Seattle Hydrocephalus Support Group, UW Department of Biological Structure, Pacific Science Center, UW Department of Philosophy, UW Autism Center, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, Synaptech, and UW Department of Bioengineering all provided exhibits. 2. School Visits/Field Trips: Several schools visited the Center for Neurotechnology where the students learned about brain research.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Email directed to teachers who might be interested in bringing their students to the Open House.

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:

  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

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?

BAW brought together many different organizations that usually do not collaborate with one another.

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

Plan early.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Yes, helpful.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/baw.html

Contact Name:

Eric Chudler

Contact Phone:

206-616-6899

Contact Email:

chudler@u.washington.edu

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