Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- Elementary school students(1-5)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
I presented on brain size and compared the brains of different animals to 4th graders. I started by discussing if brain size is correlated with intelligence and if humans have the largest brains. I then compared the brains of several animals pointing out differences and noting what makes human brains unique. I also discussed brain areas that are different in some animals and how that correlates with their behaviors (e.g., rat olfactory bulbs and barrel cortex). I ended by showing the kids real rat, mouse, and dog brains. I think that the kids liked the presentation overall. This presentation was less interactive, and so was suited to the slightly older elementary students. I achieved my goals of noting that the human brain isn't the largest unless you account for body mass and of pointing out how animal brains look different from human brains.
Event Planning & Publicity
Other Publicity Methods:
none- it was a presentation to classrooms
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 other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Fact Sheets
- New Puzzles/Games
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
I was able to reference some of the materials from the website and modified one of the lesson plans. These provided exposure to the students that they likely wouldn't have gotten normally.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
keep it interactive and fairly short-- the students get bored and can start to look glossy-eyed
Did/do you like our Facebook page?
Was the information provided on Facebook useful?
yes, it alerted me to new content no suggestions