Brain Awareness Week

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Eastern Mediterranean University Faculty of Medicine

Organized by:
Eastern Mediterranean University Faculty of Medicine

Participating Organizations:
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Ministry of National Education

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

2

Year:

2021

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Online/Virtual
  • Other
  • Other: Explaining questions from kids

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students (1-5)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

600

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Dr. Fazıl Küçük Medicine Faculty organized an awareness activity for children in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) in cooperation with the Ministry of National Education and Culture on the occasion of the Brain Awareness Week. It was the first brain awareness event was held in TRNC. This year's event, organized with the aim of increasing the awareness towards the brain, the interest in brain science and the functioning of the brain, discussed the issue under the title "What is the brain for?". As part of the activity, kindergarten and primary school students’ paintings on the subject "What is the brain for?" were exhibited. Before the exhibition, the medical faculty students and neuroscientist academic academic staff members explained the functions of the brain to children through entertaining videos. 240 children between the ages of 5 and 11 drew pictures about “What is the brain for?” They attended the event with drawings on the subject and interesting questions about the brain. Some of these contributions questioned how the brain manages our body, while others involved interesting questions about the brain: "Do We Manage Our Brain Or Does It Manage Us? "Our brain has functions that we can and cannot control. For example, we can control our actions and speech. However, we cannot control our heartbeat, breathing, and the functions of our internal organs. These organs are under the control of "autonomic nervous system". Autonomous literally means self-controlling.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Mailings
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The ministry of education send mails and messages about the events to the all primary schools in TRNC. This help us to reach more children all around the ısland.

Resources

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

  • Certificate of Participation
  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About the Brain Booklet

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

  • New Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • Brain Awareness Week Facebook Cover Image

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

It was the first activity in our country. We are proud of to lead this king of global activity in our country. The activity induce the collaboration with Ministry of Education. Also we observed the great happyness of childeren during the pandemic.

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

Working with children in this kind of future related issues is really enjoyfull.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

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Event Photos

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A scene from online exibition

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A scene from online exibition

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A scene from online exibition

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Some pictures from exibition

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A question from ‘I wander my brain ‘ activity

Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://medicine.emu.edu.tr/en/research-and-publications/brain-awareness-week

Contact Name:

Amber Eker

Contact Phone:

00903926301570

Contact Email:

brain.awareness@emu.edu.tr

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