Brain Awareness Week

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St. Edwards University

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St. Edwards University

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

100

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

For this BAW event, I coordinated a round-robin style stations exhibit. The objective for the event was to spread the word on Brain science, health, and research. There were five stations for students to browse. Station one included sheep brains, brain models and a game: spin the wheel. On the wheel included brain anatomy and whatever you landed on you had to point out the area on the model or sheep brain. There were prizes for the students to win of course i.e. candy, brain splat balls, brain stress balls, brain pencils and BAW stickers. Station two included Backyard Brains Human-Human interaction experiment, which was a great success. Station three included neuroscience related worksheets, puzzles, and booklets, as well as the Brain Hat coloring sheets for people to take. Station four was Neuro-Jeopardy with categories ranging from anatomy to neuroscience in society and neuroscience in the lab. Prizes for answering 5 questions correct was a t-shirt provided by St. Edward’s University School of Natural Sciences. Station five was geared around the molecular neuroscience laboratory research done on campus: we work with C. elegans and the molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease. The event overall went well! I’d like to expand for next year and potentially involve more groups on campus or outside of campus. Ideally I would love to set up a week’s worth of events with the help of more students/faculty/staff and potential local contributors.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Posters, social media, and word of mouth were the most successful forms of publicity for the event. Posters were posted throughout campus to attract a wide range of students, while social media helped to widen the range. Word of mouth from professor to student helped give the extra push to let students know that the event was an exciting learning experience.

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:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • Staying Sharp Bookmark
  • BAW Stickers
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Fact Sheets
  • BAW Bookmark
  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites
  • Puzzles: Successful Aging & Your Brain
  • Brain Briefs Fact Sheets

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Coloring Sheets

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW Flyer
  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Poster
  • BAW Web site banner

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

St. Edward’s University and local community benefited from this BAW event by providing students/faculty/staff with resources about brain science, health, and research. As well as providing a community of peers who are interested in learning and sharing their knowledge about the Brain with others.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Double check your set-up/location for your event. Big institutions and weather were larger factors than I anticipated.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

YES. Loved the specific posts throughout the week for BAW. Thought the daily tips/resources were a helpful use of sharing the importance of Brain health and research!

Event Photos

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Hailey Trombley

Contact Phone:

6128049848

Contact Email:

htromble@stedwards.edu

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