Brain Awareness Week

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Arlington Martin High School

Organized by:
Arlington Martin High School

Participating Organizations:
University of Texas at Arlington, Dr. Layman Psychology Department

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

5

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other
  • School Program
  • Other: School Activities and Announcements

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

3000

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

For Brain Awareness Week at Martin High School, our Psychology Club formed a committee in which they planned different events and challenges for each day of the week for students to participate in. We created informational announcements for our student body and passed out supplies throughout the week. The week began with “Colorful Creativity” as students came in and relaxed their brains through anti-stress coloring. Through doing so, overwhelmed students were able to regulate their serotonin level to feel more calm and express their creativity. On Tuesday, our committee organized a brain challenge in which students were challenged to simply exercise, drink water, and get extra sleep for better brain health. For Wednesday we had the psychology professor, Dr. Layman, from the University of Texas at Arlington come and speak to our students about the importance brain health and answer questions about college-level psychology classes. The “Psychology Brain Bowl” was held on Thursday as an opportunity for psychology students to review and prepare for the AP psychology test coming up in April. This allowed students to work their brains by testing their memory and knowledge of the class over the course of the school year so far. Brain Week then concluded with showing an episode of Brain Games where we learned about our body’s reactions to stress and healthy habits. Overall, we had great participation in all of Brain Week and were able to raise greater awareness about the importance of brain health, especially in young high school students. We plan to participate again next year. Thank you for the supplies.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Our Martin Student News worked well because we reached the most kids and were able to share brain awareness facts and publicize our events with pictures and video.

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 other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

The students were really excited about being connected with a national organization which gave a lot of ideas for how to run the events for the week and supplies. This was our first time to participate and the students have many ideas for next year to reach even more participants and include the high school faculty. Thank you!

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

Get a group of motivated students and they will run the show! They were excited about the leadership opportunities and learned a lot!

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

I am not on Facebook.

Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Rachael Peterson

Contact Phone:

6828678600

Contact Email:

rpeterso@aisd.net

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