Brain Awareness Week

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Thiel College

Organized by:
Thiel College

Participating Organizations:
Greenville Area School District

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

4

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Other
  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • Middle school students(6-8)
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

300

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We held school visits for 4 and 6th graders. The 4th grade portion consisted of six five different brain activities and games. The 6th grade students completed a sheep brain dissection that was integrated into their biology course. Our on campus activities included a research talk by Dr. Akshata Almad on the topic of ALS, showing of the film "Awakenings", and a both where students could build key-chain neurons and pick up foam stress-brains.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

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

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
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

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

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments

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

  • BAW Logos

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Greenville is a small, rural community. As such programs like BAW provide a great opportunity to provide local schools with programing they wouldn't otherwise have exposure to. Additionally, my college students benefit by learning to communicate complex topics to the general public.

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

Plan as far in advance as possible and develop close connections with school partners. Teachers are generally interesting in working with you, but there may be several layers of administrative paperwork to work through before an event can occur.

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Contact Information

Contact Name:

Greg Butcher

Contact Phone:

7245892031

Contact Email:

gbutcher@thiel.edu

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