Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- Elementary school students (1-5)
- General Public
- Middle school students (6-8)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
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:
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
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.
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