Brain Awareness Week

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Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

2 seperate events

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • School Program
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

40

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

In the context of the BAW 2019, we, from Poirazi lab have organized a variety of activities for specific age groups to explain and explore the fascinating concept of how the brain works. The two seperate events took place from 14-15.03.2019 in the Hospitality Center for male children and at SOS Children’s Villages in Heraklion, Greece, respectively. The audience was comprised of elementary/middle/high school students. Prior and throughout the week, we disseminated the event through mailing lists and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), so as to grab people’s attention. Our activities were designed to address all the aforementioned target groups. With an introductory lecture on how the brain works we started the BAW at both events. The aim of the workshop was to familiarize children with the most important functional regions of the brain by focusing on the importance of learning and memory processes. For this purpose, a model of the brain was utilized alongside with the presentation and an interactive discussion with the students. Afterwards, students were able to choose between several hands-on activities, games and experiments. Specifically, elementary students were engaged with making types of neurons with plasteline and painting neuroscience images, middle students observed nerve cells as an electrical circuit and played memory games, and high school students were making neural networks with the assistance of NEURONIFY. There was also lots of general information and a memory quiz for each students to complete in everyone’s workshop folder. The event was very well attended with the attendees interacting with our team, by asking many interesting questions. Overall, the events were well received.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Social media, because it grabbed general public's attention.

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:

  • BAW Stickers

Other Dana Foundation Materials Distributed:

  • puzzles and quizzes

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

  • Puzzles: Grades K-2
  • Puzzles: Grades 3-5
  • Puzzles: Grades 6-8
  • Puzzles: Grades 9-12
  • Lesson Plans Grades K-5
  • Lesson Plans Grades 6-8

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 Poster
  • BAW Web site banner
  • BAW Facebook Cover Photo

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Our main purpose was to make students understand more about the importance of brain research and spark curiosity about how the brain works .There was an added value to our project, which was the engagement of those children,who have daily struggles in their families, in the BAW activities as an important stimulus of gaining more knowledge and having the chance to penetrate deeper into finding out our brain’s secrets with us. Some kids said they are going to be neuroscientists - so rewarding !!

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Event Photos

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Georgia Soursou

Contact Phone:

306949286680

Contact Email:

georgiasoursou@gmail.com

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