Brain Awareness Week

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St. Olaf College

Organized by:
St. Olaf College

Participating Organizations:
St. Olaf College NeuroClub, St. Olaf College's Psychology and Neuroscience departments

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • School Program
  • Workshop

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

40-60

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The St. Olaf College Neuro Club, a neuroscience interest student organization on campus, organized a local Brain Awareness Day at the Northfield Middle School for Brain Awareness Week. Our objective for Brain Awareness Day was to teach students about the brain, its anatomy, and its functions, as well as its ailments. We organized five stations that would discuss these objectives in a creative and interactive manner. The students rotated throughout the stations in different classrooms, spending approximately 15 minutes at each station. In a memory station the students learned about the stages of memory and memorization techniques, such as chunking and mnemonics, and they tested their memory with an image matching game along with rebus puzzles. In the anatomy room, the students built a neuron from candy pieces and learned about how the nervous system functions, in addition to how the neuron works. To learn about brain anatomy pertaining to the senses, students colored in the relevant area after they learned about different parts of the brain associated with a sense. To explore sensory interactions, students learned about the Stroop effect and performed Stroop tests, Âand then conducted blind tasting of jelly beans to test their ability to taste without sight. We ended Brain Awareness Day with outdoor brain games with the students. Neuro Club hopes to continue community engagement in neuroscience outreach and bridge the gap in educating underserved students in our local community.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Emails since we were contacting St. Olaf Students and the Youth Center's coordinators.

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
  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

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

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • 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?

Neuro Club hopes to continue community engagement in neuroscience outreach and bridge the gap in educating underserved students in our local community.

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Hibo Mohamed

Contact Phone:

5072108607

Contact Email:

mohame3@stolaf.edu

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