Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- High School students(9-12)
- Middle school students(6-8)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
We sponsored 25 different workshops in various venues and all were very successful and well received. Included were classroom presentations for 575 High School and Middle School students on the topics of “The Teenage Brain” , Stress and the Brain and Addiction and the Brain”..We also sponsored workshops for adults which included: The Impact of Trauma on the Brain ” , “Poverty and the Brain”, The Teen Brain”, and Brain-Based Mental Health Interventions”.In celebration of BAW Maywood School did a variety of activities throughout the school including a poster contest,brain teaser contests, daily morning announcements with facts about the brain and workshops about the brain for students. In physical ed classes students did activities and exercises that focused on the brain. The cafeteria staff were also involved and each day a “brain-healthy ” food was featured and served.
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:
- It’s Mindboggling!
- BAW Pencils and Erasers
- Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain
Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:
- More Mindbooglers!
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- Puzzles: Grades 6-8
- Puzzles: Grades 9-12
- Puzzles: Mindboggling Series
- Puzzles: BAW Favorites
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Fact Sheets
- Lesson Plans
- 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?
This is our fourth year participating and as in previous years there has been a very positive impact. People are very interested in the topic of the brain and we continue to get more and more requests from various schools and organizations to do presentations about the brain. Materials and resources about the Dana Alliance and Brain Awareness Week are shared at all workshops and there has been lots of interest from many different schools and organizations.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
Using hands on activities works well with both children and adults. When doing a school program If possible get everyone in the school involved and find ways to incorporate activities into everything including all special area classes (art, music, gym) and even the lunch program.
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