Brain Awareness Week

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Michigan State University

Organized by:
Michigan State University

Participating Organizations:
Michigan State University Neuroscience Program, Michigan Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Compass Rehabilitation Center, Olivia Kay Foundation, Get Moving for MS, MSU Science Theatre

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

3

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • School Program
  • Other: Brain Bee (previous to BAW)

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

1400

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We held a Brain Bee competition on Feb 6th. The winner, Varun Sathyan, went on to compete at the national level. Brain Awareness Week School Visits: Students brought human and animal brains and experiments to local classrooms during Brain Awareness week. This sparked much interest in neuroscience, as evidenced by some of these students bringing their families to our Neuroscience Fair at the end of Brain Awareness Week. Neuroscience Fair: On March 19th, visitors of all ages were invited to participate in free and interactive activities, including cow eye dissections, exploring the inside of a giant brain, assembling a brain puzzle, and creating helmets. Over 100 students and faculty volunteered and over 900 visitors attended.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Facebook

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:

  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils and Erasers
  • BAW Buttons

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

It gave our students a chance to practice communicated scientific information to the public and gave the public the chance to learn in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://neuroscience.natsci.msu.edu/outreach/

Contact Name:

Jennifer Taylor

Contact Phone:

5178845222

Contact Email:

taylo958@msu.edu

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