Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- Other: Twitter (#BAW2016
- Other: #brainawarenessweek
- Other: #BrainWeek)
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- General Public
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
Our major BAW event would have been a demonstration of neuroscience related databases and web tools at the Boston Public School Science Fair held at Northeastern University in Boston but due to a family death, we had to cancel this event. We plan to participate next year. We also organized a book reading and hands on activity with K2 students. The exercise was concerned with brain structure and function. This was highly successful. We believe the event helped to educate children about the different regions of the brain and how they relate to their emotions and behavior. This knowledge is empowering for the students because it helps them to understand their own actions and others as well. Lastly, we also launched a social media campaign on twitter with themes in brain health, education, research. These tweets were probably viewed by several hundred people. Some were retweeted, commented on and liked.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Social Media
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:
- BAW Pencils and Erasers
- The Mindboggling Workbook
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Puzzles: Grades K-2
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
Other Downloadable Materials:
- Materials related to brain structure and function
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?
Supporting our teachers and contributing supplemental educational activities and materials at the local school strengthened our relationship with the community. The most evident immediate outcome is that both our group and participants learned something new.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
The students (and some of the adults) LOVED the brain hat activity that we did. The templates were downloaded at no cost from this site: http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/lifesciences-games/brainhemishpere.php Follow the directions exactly and do some of the pre assembly in advance.
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