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 Learning and Memory to a class of 3rd graders. I discussed short-term memory, working memory, and long-term memory. We did some memory tests (including a what's missing game and the penny test) and I gave a lot of examples. We also discussed how to improve memory, including studying and some mnemonics. The teacher had also asked that I discuss the neuroscience behind mindfulness. We discussed the effects of mindfulness on the brain and the benefits of meditating and practicing mindfulness.
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:
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
- BAW Stickers
- BAW Pencils and Erasers
- The Mindboggling Workbook
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
I got good feedback from the class and from the teachers. The teacher used some of my memory tricks with her class.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
Use as many examples as possible and games where you can. The kids and teacher especially liked the penny experiment-- they all thought they had the correct answer.
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More lesson plans for younger kids (i.e., elementary age); experiment ideas for younger kids.