Brain Awareness Week

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George Fox University

Organized by:
George Fox University

Participating Organizations:
Chehalem Parks and Recreation District, Newberg School Disctrict

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

5

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Other
  • School Program
  • Other: Trivia Contest

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

175

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

1. Brain Brawl – Brain Brawl is the name of our annual brain trivia contest on campus. It primarily targets psychology and cognitive science majors, although any students are welcome to participate. This year we had six teams of eight participate in the contest. 2. Youth Sports display – We provided informational materials for a display dealing with symptoms of and recovery from concussion for the youth sports program through Chehalem Parks and Recreation District. 3. Senior Center display - We provided informational materials for a display dealing with healthy aging for the Senior Center through Chehalem Parks and Recreation District. 4. OMSI/OHSU exhibit – A group of students (20) and a faculty member visited the Brain Fair held by Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). 5. After-school programming – We kicked off programming for an after-school program at a local elementary school. The programming is continuing through the school year and will resume in the fall. We provide 1 ½ hours of programming two days a week for grades 1-5. Activities focus on gross brain anatomy and neuroscience topics (e.g., memory, attention, perception). Approximately 90 students per day attend the after-school program and about 20 of those students participate in the “Brain Games” activities. Overall, we were able to achieve our goals. We generated interest in the brain on campus. We were able to distribute relevant brain-related information to different groups in the community. Finally, initiated a long-term program that will enhance STEM education in an elementary school and help younger students begin to understand how they think and to use that information for their benefit.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails and social media better for the Brain Brawl because it was college student focused. Flyers worked better for the other activities.

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:

  • More Mindbogglers!
  • Staying Sharp Bookmark
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

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

  • BAW Bookmark
  • Brain Briefs Fact Sheets
  • Kids Fact Sheets Grades 3-5
  • Lesson Plans Grades K-5
  • The Five Senses Coloring Sheets

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?

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Events with children are fun but require a number of activities to maintain their interest for an extended period of time. I use the logo contest as a way to start generating interest in our activities months in advance.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

, personally, do not look at Facebook for material.

Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Chris Koch

Contact Phone:

503-554-2744

Contact Email:

ckoch@georgefox.edu

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