Brain Awareness Week

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Gebze Technical University

Organized by:
Gebze Technical University

Participating Organizations:
Gebze Technical University in part supported the project, as well as Global Young Academy.

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

5

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

400

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

In this year’s event, faculty members have visited 2 nurseries, 3 different elementary schools and 1 secondary school, and reached a total of almost 400 students. As usual, in this now-traditional activity, faculty members had given a brief presentation (5-10 min, depending on the level of students) on their research area, including brain imaging, neuroscience, neurobiology, and learning; they have talked to students about "neurons" (with their "hair" or dendrites, and their "arms" or axons), role-playing as neuronal networks within classroom, and demonstrating with an interactive home-made toy neuron. We discussed what brain means to us, its neural composition and how it helps us with our daily activities. Brain imaging systems and their usage in certain conditions were mentioned. Students had a chance to see how the brain can be “fooled” by optic illusions. They were given various activities at specific stations such as juggling, optical illusions, exploring brain model and so on. Activity sheets, caps and brain-shaped erasers were given to the children. Slogan that won last year’s competition was used in this year’s theme. The activities were shared on social media, mainly on our lab’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AxanLab),laboratory website (https://axanlab.com/outreach/) and twitter accounts (@isil_aksan), TUBAS (Neuroscience Society of Turkey) Brain Awareness Week Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BeyinFarkindaligiHaftasiBAW/), Facebook pages of partner schools or science centers

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Website
  • Social Media

Other Publicity Methods:

https://www.facebook.com/AxanLab https://axanlab.com/outreach/ twitter : @isil_aksan Brain Awareness Week Turkey : https://www.facebook.com/BeyinFarkindaligiHaftasiBAW/

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Email and social media were more successful in organizing and publicizing these events. Also for the first time tis year, our activities appeared on a theme TV called "Iz TV" as a special feature program.

Resources

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

  • BAW Certificate of Participation

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

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

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

  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Web site banner

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Every year more and more kids are aware of brain studies, and more teachers and schools learn about the program and organize their own events. This year, one of the nurseries had organized a drawing competition on the brain, and they have provided us with two of the best drawings as "gifts"

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Isil Kurnaz

Contact Phone:

905355764081

Contact Email:

isil.kurnaz@gmail.com

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