Brain Awareness Week

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Lake Superior State University

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Lake Superior State University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2017

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other
  • Other: activities; demonstrations

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

50

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Students enrolled in physiological psychology presented projects on a variety of topics related to the brain. Topics ranged from how neurons work to the effects of concussions on the brain. The projects included informational posters, models, demonstrations, activities, and multi-media presentations. The topics and presentation formats were selected by the students and approved by their instructor. In addition, the students proposed and then voted on the name for the event, The Cortex Vortex. The event was held on the main floor in the LSSU Library with the outstanding assistance of the library staff. The projects were put on display by the students prior to the event. The students also decorated a whiteboard directing visitors to the project presentations and set up a table with free items supplied by the Dana Foundation. During the normal course meeting time, the class met for the event in the library. For the first 45 minutes, the students were presenting their projects to library patrons as they walked around, viewing the displays. A talk on consciousness and the brain given by an honors student taking the course closed out the remaining 30 minutes of the event. While the event did not draw a large audience, it was well-received and everyone involved learned something from the experience. We plan to hold a similar event next year based on the positive feedback received and incorporating more preparation time, advertising of the event, and inviting more groups on campus to participate.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

in-class announcements

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

It is difficult to say because we didn't have much time to advertise the event ahead of time.

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
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers

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

  • BAW Certificate of Participation
  • Brain Briefs Fact Sheets

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

  • Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments

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

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Web site banner

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

I feel the students really enjoyed putting together their projects and sharing what they learned with others. The library staff were very positive about helping with future events.

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

This was our first attempt at organizing and holding a BAW event. The main lesson learned was to allow more time to prepare.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Event Photos

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Kristina Olson-Pupek

Contact Phone:

(906) 635-2422

Contact Email:

kolsonpupek@lssu.edu

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