Brain Awareness Week

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University of Wyoming-The Brainy Bunch

Organized by:
University of Wyoming-The Brainy Bunch

Participating Organizations:
1.) University of Wyoming Sensory Biology Core 2.) University of Wyoming Research Office 3.) University of Wyoming Pharmacy Department 4.) University of Wyoming Science Initiative 5.) University of Wyoming NIH IDEA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

5

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

300

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

This year we traveled to both Cheyenne Central High School and Laramie High School. We partnered with 3 different psychology teachers over 5 days and 12 class periods to deliver our goals of teaching neuroscience to high school students. We shared our ongoing neuroscience research, played brain facts kahoot, looked at brain specimens, tricked our sense of taste, made pip cleaner neurons, and controlled "the claw" from Backyard Brains. The students were thoroughly engaged and learned a lot about the different areas of study they can pursue dealing with the brain. We had myself and 7 other volunteers help with this spanning graduate students and undergraduates. We are hoping to reach out further in our state since we are the only university and neuroscience program in Wyoming.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

We reached out via email to the psychology teachers to see if they would have us come to their classrooms and reach out to the students that way.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

This was extremely successful because it was direct contact with the teachers which gave us an expected number of students that we would be reaching.

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:

  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Puzzles: Grades 9-12

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

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Our immediate outcomes have included students realizing that they can attend college and study the brain. In the state of Wyoming, students don't get a lot of experience with universities and what they can possibly study going to college. We were truly able to benefit the students and let them see what types of studies could interest them.

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

Getting organized as soon as you can makes everything go smoothly and is a great way to stay ahead of planning brain awareness during a busy semester!

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Everything was great!

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Karagh Brummond

Contact Phone:

215-804-6327

Contact Email:

kmurph17@uwyo.edu

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