Brain Awareness Week

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Coastal, Limnologic and Marine Research Center (UFRGS)

Organized by:
Coastal, Limnologic and Marine Research Center (UFRGS)

Participating Organizations:

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit

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:

200

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

With the objective to arouse curiosity and explain some brain mechanisms, we’ve organized a open field interactive exhibit on March 16th 2016. There were five main topics of discussion with specific ludic activities for each of them. Knowing the brain: Main nervous system structures and functions as well as interspecific differences and adaptations of the brain were presented. Activities: draw painting (translated from The Mindboggling Coloring Sheets) and memory game. Optical illusions: The visitors had opportunity to explore their senses understanding differences between sensation and perception. Activities: checker shadow illusion, afterimage of a flag, Akiyoshi Kitaoka´s crawling snakes and green and blue spirals illusions. Somatosensory illusions: Here, the visitor explored how brain coding allow sensation. Activities: Aristotle illusion, two-point discrimination test and “Where Was That?” from Eric H. Chudler’s Neuroscience for Kids site. Epilepsies: A brief description of the disorder, symptoms, causes, treatments available, and how to assist during tonic clonic seizures was presented to visitors. Groups of visitors illustrated eletroencefalogram normal brain function, generalized and partial seizure through movement of a tissue. Microcephalies: Considering the relevance at Brazil this year, we talked with visitors bringing some current information and answering questions on this matter. Diagnostic characteristics, causes, relation with Zika virus and prevention were main topics of discussion. A circuit of practices to prevent mosquito reproduction was developed and kids engaged on a modified Hide and Seek where catchers were mosquitoes in different developmental stages.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Other Publicity Methods:

We also personaly invited teachers and headmasters form schools nearby the Coastal, Limnological and Marine Research Center to bring students.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Personal invitation to schools was most successful because there was good acceptance from teachers to bring their students to the event. Also, these were our main target audience.

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:

  • none

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

  • Mindboggling Coloring Sheets

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

  • Fact Sheets
  • Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments

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?

Elementary school students that had no previous knowledge of the brain had opportunity to perceive its existence and importance. Middle and high school students and adults brought doubts and learn new insights over the brain. Some of them manifested to be grateful for the knowledge provided. Some of the adults that contacted the organization also manifested interest for lectures and it gave rise to a new project directed to adults called “APRIMORAR – Encontros Temáticos”.

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

We made it a one day event and several schools contacted during the event day interested in bringing their students. Unfortunately we are not prepared for more than four groups of fifty people and we could not receive all of them. This happened because one week before the event only one school had subscribed, maybe previous contact with schools could help to dimension it better.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

I don’t have any suggestions for now since I’ve just started to follow the page.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Querusche Klippel Zanona

Contact Phone:

(5551) 33081265

Contact Email:

querusche@gmail.com

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