Brain Awareness Week

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Boston University’s Mind and Brain Society

Organized by:
Boston University's Mind and Brain Society

Participating Organizations:
Boston University Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

2

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Conference/Forum
  • Other
  • Workshop
  • Other: Panel

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

100

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Bringing Recognition And Interest to Neuroscience Day is a celebration of Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign sponsored by the Dana Foundation that aims to increase public awareness of the importance and progress of brain research. The Mind and Brain Society is a group of undergraduates from diverse disciplines who share the common goal of learning about neuroscience and related fields like philosophy, biology, and computer science. Our celebration of Brain Awareness Week was inspired by our belief that people of all ages and interests can benefit from an understanding of the complexity of the brain. Through today's activities, we will demonstrate how the brain interprets information to create experiences and explore the ways in which scientists study the brain. We aim to engage you in an active exploration of neuroscience and inspire you to think about wonders of your brain. B.R.A.I.N. Day is composed of interactive activities led by Boston University undergraduates. Please rotate through the stations at your own pace, meet our volunteers, ask questions, and enjoy the wonders of the brain! I feel that we did achieve our goals as most participants spent an extended period of time at the event in order to experience each station. Stations included: See Things Up Close! (Slides), Practice Makes Perfect, Can You Hear the Music?, Relatives’ Brains, Behind the Scenes (Introduction to the Neuron), Trick Your Brain (optical illusions), Silly Spectacles (Prism goggles), Jitterbug (Spiker Boxes), Topsy Turvy (Vestibular System), Total Love and Care for Your Brain (TBI), Robotic Mind Control (BMI), Smells So Good, You Can Taste It, and more! We also hosted a panel with a variety of students and professionals from the field

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Our most successful method was emails.

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:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

BAW benefited our organization by allowing students to showcase their knowledge, practice public speaking and making their knowledge accessible. Our BAW participation benefited our local community by allowing the public to engage and learn about neuroscience.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

I was not aware their was a facebook page, but it does seem interesting.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

http://www.bu.edu/mbs/brainday/

Contact Name:

Annalyse Kohley

Contact Phone:

6173583298

Contact Email:

bubrainday@gmail.com

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