University of Washington

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Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: Online Presentation

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Because of COVID-19 health and safety concerns, the in-person University of Washington BAW Open House was cancelled. Instead, attendees were invited to participate in an online discussion with Eric H. Chudler (Department of Bioengineering, Univ. Washington). The online presentation (PPT) included a interactive journey into the brain, followed by an online questions/answers session via a “chat.” Elementary school students were scheduled to attend the UW Brain Awareness Week Open House on March 10. Instead, their teacher, Ms. Moran and Dr. Chudler decided to hold a virtual presentation so her students could further their learning from home. Prior to the virtual meeting, Ms. Moran asked her students to write questions about the brain. Dr. Chudler provided an overview about the brain including the structure of the brain and how nerve cells work. His presentation ended with answers to the students’ questions and virtual “selfies.”

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Email provided the quickest and most direct way to communicate with teachers.


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 Awareness Week Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • Other

Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:

  • Although Dana Foundation materials were ordered
  • they were not used for the virtual BAW event. They will be used at another time.

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?

The online BAW event made it difficult for my local community to participate because they were not part of the virtual event.

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

If using an online platform (e.g., Zoom), prepare participants prior to the event. Also enable all privacy/security setting to protect the online environment.

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Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Reminders and suggestions for events.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

Contact Name:

Eric H. Chudler

Contact Phone:


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