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 a tour of the brain to a group of 1st graders. I started by brainstorming about the brain (where is it and what does it do) Then, I talked about the 4 lobes of the brain and the cerebellum, told 1 thing that each area is responsible for, and did a short experiment with each area. For the frontal lobe, I said that it's responsible for thinking and memory. We played a picture memory game to test their short-term memory. For the temporal lobe, I said that it's responsible for hearing. We played a "guess-the-sound" game. For the occipital lobe, I said that it's for vision (no experiment). For the parietal lobe, I said that it's for the sense of touch, and we played a touch game (had to feel for certain items in a paper bag without using eyes). For the cerebellum, I said that it's for balance and coordination. I had each one pat their head and rub their belly. And, we had a contest to see who could balance on 1 leg the longest. I finished by talking about how to keep their brains healthy by eating lots of fruits and vegetables and wearing a helmet. I brought in coloring sheets to reinforce the parts of the brain and what they do, and I handed out the coloring books, stickers, and pencils/erasers that I got through the DANA foundation. The kids were excited about the brain and seemed to really enjoy the presentation and talking about the brain. I feel that I achieved my goal of teaching the kids about the brain and getting them to think about keeping their brains safe.
Event Planning & Publicity
Other Publicity Methods:
none- I arranged the time with the teacher
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 and Erasers
- The Mindboggling Workbook
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- BAW Certificate of Participation
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- Lesson Plans
- New Puzzles/Games
- New Coloring Sheets
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Hopefully I got some kids interested in the brain and science in general.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
For this age group, lots of activities were helpful. But, I also should have limited the amount of time for the small group activities-- some of the kids got off task. The 1st graders really enjoyed the memory game (I could have done more or different ones). They also really enjoyed looking at the brain model that I brought it and many wanted to touch it.
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