Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- General Public
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
We hold a monthly science program at the library and for the past 3 years have incorporated BAW into our spring programming. Each year has had different activities. This year focused on sensory, motor, and spinal cord. The activities are best for ages 5+ but we try to engage and adapt if younger or older patrons visit the library. Activities this year included: story time, reflexes and trying out reflex hammers, painting plaster brains for the different lobes, making a bead and pipecleaner spinal cord, and snack time.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
- Social Media
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:
- More Mindbogglers!
- BAW Stickers
- Brain-shaped Erasers
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Puzzles/Games
Other Downloadable Materials:
- cooler pencils?
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
The science programming has really drawn a lot more people into the library, which is great. We have some regular kids who very much enjoy coming and have caught the "science bug." The parents get really into the activities too. Getting people out of their homes and into public spaces has really helped the morale and camaraderie of our community. Appreciation for science and critical thinking skills are important at all levels, and you can see this develop by the questions patrons ask.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
We have had three BAW so far. This time our turn-out was a lot lower. I think using the same name for the BAW each year has caused people to think the activities will be repeats, even though they aren't. I was hoping keeping the same name would help build tradition and branding, but it has had the opposite effect.
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