Brain Awareness Week

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St. Louis Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience

Organized by:
St. Louis Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience

Participating Organizations:
Washington University St. Louis Science Center

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: The Amazing Brain Carnival is a collection of hands-on demonstrations and activities presented by graduate students at the St. Louis Science Center

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

4500

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We hosted the Amazing Brain Carnival at the St. Louis Science Center, consisting of about a dozen hands-on demonstrations and activities for all ages. Stations included prism goggles, a game about Alzheimer's disease, a demonstration of how MRIs work, an opportunity to record your own EMG, and more. Over 4500 members of the public visited the Science Center that day, and we received much positive feedback from visitors and graduate student volunteers alike.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Publicity through the St. Louis Science Center was most effective, as they have a large audience on both their website and facebook page.

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 Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

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

  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games
  • New Coloring Sheets

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Visitors came away with a greater appreciation and understanding of the brain, and were made aware of ongoing opportunities to continue their learning (school-based programs, online resources, etc). Volunteers gained experience in communication to the general public and had a lot of fun!

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

Partnering with an organization such at a local science center is a great way to reach a much larger audience and amplify your impact.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://sites.wustl.edu/neuroutreach/

Contact Name:

Erik Herzog

Contact Phone:

3149358635

Contact Email:

herzog@wustl.edu

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