Brain Awareness Week

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Marshall University

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Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

1087

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The 10th annual Marshall University Brain Expo was held at the Student Center on April 10, 2018. This event consisted of 27 interactive stations that taught about the brain and nervous system, and how to take care of them. Stations included Touch a Real Brain, Fear, Brain Foods, and Safety. The stations were presented primarily by undergraduate science students but also students from other disciplines, faculty, and graduate/medical students. In addition, we have partnerships with several departments from local hospitals and the Alzheimer’s Association who all presented stations. Our goals were to engage elementary school students in hands-on, fun activities that would get them interested in science. We also strive to give undergraduate students experience in communicating science to the public, and promote community engagement as a responsibility of scientists. Feedback from student and teacher attendees and student volunteers confirm that we were successful in achieving these goals.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The emails are most successful for registering elementary school attendees because they can be targeted directly to teachers who are most invested in providing opportunities to their classrooms. Flyers are a good way of recruiting new undergraduate volunteers while emails to returning volunteers are most effective.

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:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

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?

The annual Marshall University Brain Expo is one of the most significant public science education events on campus. It provides unique out-of-classroom experiences of science as a fun and relevant topic for both elementary student attendees and university student presenters.

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Nadja Spitzer

Contact Phone:

304 696 3778

Contact Email:

spitzern@marshall.edu

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