Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- Lecture/ Briefing
- General Public
- High School students(9-12)
- University students
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
This was the second year that students enrolled in my senior level physiological psychology course presented projects on several topics related to the brain. The majority of the projects were tri-fold posters. A few of the students also had models, informational fliers related to their topic, or game-show type quiz. The students selected topic areas of personal interest and this year there was a discussion thread on the Moodle course site for exchanging ideas before the students submitted their project proposals. They decided on the event name of Brainiacs Anonymous and the library staff hosted our event once again. This year we were able to have our graphics department design posters for the event. and the library had event information on their monthly communique and Facebook site. Another thing we changed from last year was that we distributed free materials we ordered from the Dana Foundation throughout the library as opposed to putting everything on one table. The brain erasers and stickers were a huge hit again this year! The students spent their class period on Thursday presenting their projects. Their projects were on display in the library from Monday through the following week when we had an invited speaker from Northern Michigan University, Dr. Adam Prus, give a talk on schizophrenia and some of the research he has done involving psychopharmacology. The talk was very well attended. Dr. Prus looked at all of the projects that were still on display and thought it was a great activity for students enrolled in physiological psychology. One major problem we encountered was that BAW was the week immediately after out spring break. Despite that, I think this will become a regular event for us!
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
- Social Media
Other Publicity Methods:
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
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
- Brain-shaped 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?
- New Fact Sheets
- New Lesson Plans
Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?
- BAW Logos
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Just like last year, the enthusiasm from the students who created and presented the projects was amazing. They truly enjoyed sharing what they had learned about their topics, especially when they came across something new or that they were surprised by. The library staff were great! They helped with connecting me with graphics for creating fliers and getting the word out through their resources.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
While I think the event went more smoothly than last year, we learned more about preparing and I'm very optimistic about next year's event.
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