Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:
Type of Events Held:
- School Program
- Elementary school students(1-5)
Approximate Number of People Reached:
Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:
The second Brain Awareness Week put on by University of Jamestown Physical Therapy students was very successful. We visited all the 5th grade classrooms in the West Fargo school system. We used a class period length presentation with goals of introducing the students to neuroscience and some of the cool things the brain does and thus helping them understand the importance of keeping this important organ safe and healthy by using their brain, exercise, and wearing a helmet and being tested for concussions. Volunteers did interactive presentations with students to talk about what the brain does including senses and special senses and how it sends messages to and from the body and what a neuron looks like. Students did a build a neuron activity to illustrate the relay of information and how the brain is able to learn and improve. Students were split into groups and rotated between stations to learn about the different balance systems, sensation and how to test it with upper or lower quarter screens and two point discrimination, cranial nerves and special senses, and a concussion with a brain model station. Presentations were wrapped up with more of a discussion about how we learn through practice and demonstration with the bean bag toss and refractory goggles.
Event Planning & Publicity
Publicity Methods Used:
Other Publicity Methods:
Coordinated with school curriculum director to plan visits to all the classrooms.
Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?
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:
- It’s Mindboggling!
- BAW Stickers
- BAW Pencils and Erasers
What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?
- BAW Bookmark
- Mindboggling Coloring Sheets
What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?
- New Puzzles/Games
Feedback & Keys to Success
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
We heard from children of our professors who were part of a classroom as well as overhead a child telling her mom about the presentation in the community. I believe these children benefitted by learning more about the brain and getting excited about neuroscience and what we as PTs know and can test for. They will hopefully retain the knowledge about learning and the importance of concussion testing and brain safety.
Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:
There were issues getting the schedule from the curriculum director so talk to your contact person early and often to make sure you aren't scrambling to fill volunteer spots at the end.
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