Brain Awareness Week

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Utah State University

Organized by:
Utah State University

Participating Organizations:

Providence Elementary School

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

4

Year:

2020

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • School Program

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

400

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Although we had scheduled and planned four separate Brain Awareness events, we were only able to complete one before covid-19-related cancelations were put in place. The four we had planned included: 1) an after-school program for a local group of immigrant kids (middle school aged, ~25 students), 2) an evening activity at a seniors home, 3) a booth at a local elementary school “STEAM” night (200-400 children+parents/general public), and 4) a booth at a university science outreach event (~300 people; general public). The one that we were able to do was the STEAM night at the local elementary school. I organized a team of 5 people, including myself (faculty member), two undergrads, and two neuroscience PhD students. We brought two fixed human brains to show, the Dana Foundation materials to pass out, and two Sensation & Perception activities that demonstrate various aspects of brain function.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Posters/Flyers

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

I am unsure; the event was managed by the elementary school and I was not involved in promotion.

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:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • Successful Aging & Your Brain
  • Successful Aging & Your Brain Bookmark
  • Brain Awareness Week Stickers
  • Brain Awareness Week Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

I was able to work with undergrads and grad students to help connect them to science outreach opportunities, which will look good on their resumes and help increase their own knowledge of their career interests and priorities by giving them experience with science education and public engagement. The individual attendees to our event seemed to be challenged and entertained by our activities/presentations and really seemed to enjoy thinking critically about neuroscience content.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Event Photos

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Dr. Sara Freeman showing a human brain to attendees of the STEAM Night event.

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Dr. Sara Freeman showing a human brain to attendees of the STEAM Night event.

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Dr. Sara Freeman showing a human brain to attendees of the STEAM Night event.

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Sara Freeman

Contact Phone:

4357970670

Contact Email:

sara.freeman@usu.edu

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