Brain Awareness Week

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Wayne State University

Organized by:
Wayne State University

Participating Organizations:
Wayne State University School of Medicine Michigan Science Center

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: Different neuroscience groups had tables set up throughout the Michigan Science Center and had different activities visitors could participate in.

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

200

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Brain Day consisted of different research laboratories from Wayne State University that are involved in neuroscience. Each group had a table with an activity related to neuroscience. My lab group had a table that included a prize wheel, where visitors could spin the wheel, which had questions about the brain on it, answer it (or get explanation from us) and receive a prize (Dana Foundation pencil with brain eraser). We also included the informational brochures, activity books, and stickers from BAW. We also handed out little containers of brain fruit snacks. I think we achieved our goal of educating and getting people excited about the brain and all the amazing things it does. We have had people contact since then that attended Brain Day and want to volunteer as a research assistant in our lab.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Flyers were distributed via email to the university list serve, which I think was most successful because we reached a large audience. I also posted advertisements for the event on my lab's Facebook page and Twitter account and use paid promotional services from each to expand the reach of my post. I also emailed the superintendent for my children's school district and asked them to send it district wide, which they did!

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 Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

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

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Fact Sheets

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

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

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?

Absolutely! The informational materials that we received from BAW were excellent. We have had several students contact us wanting to work in the lab as a research assistant.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

No suggestions

Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Christine Rabinak

Contact Phone:

313-577-9875

Contact Email:

rabinak@wayne.edu

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