Brain Awareness Week

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University of Louisville

Organized by:
University of Louisville

Participating Organizations:
Kentucky Science Center University of Louisville Departments: Anatomical Sciences & Neurobiology; Biology; Neurosurgery; Psychological & Brain Sciences Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

1

Year:

2016

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit
  • Other
  • Workshop
  • Other: hands-on exhibit in a children's science museum

Target Audiences:

  • General Public
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

350

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Through our partnership with the Kentucky Science Center (KSC), we have expanded our previous BAW program that used to be held on our campus for about 40 high school students. The event specifically for BAW targeted middle school student groups touring the KSC, but we are also doing similar events at the KSC for their Nanodays (science of the small) and Youth Summit programs and also giving seminars at a local pub for their Scientific Proofs program for adults. Partnering with KSC has enabled us to reach the thousands of people, primarily school kids, who visit the KSC.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

The Kentucky Science Center provided advertising for BAW and other events through multiple media outlets, listserves, etc., and they also schedule school groups to visit on days we are there.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Over 350 middle schoolers attended this year's BAW event, in part through scheduling of KSC with the local schools. Another event happened to be held on a day when school was cancelled due to weather. The KSC normally sends out email on these occasions announcing that they are open, leading to a deluge of visitors looking for something to do on their impromptu one-day break.

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 and Erasers

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

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

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

  • BAW Logos
  • BAW Web site banner

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Now that we are partnering with the Kentucky Science Center, we are doing various events like BAW, but having a specified date for BAW helps us organize our calendars. We didn't get it together in time this year to order supplies, but for next year we have appointed outreach coordinators whose job will be to handle BAW reporting and ordering.

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

Get some trainees to agree to handle planning and volunteer recruitment. Partnering with the local children's science museum has been wonderful! They advertise, they provide space, some supplies (microscopes), and participants who are visiting them anyway.

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

http://louisville.edu/org/sfn/brain-awareness-week

Contact Name:

Cynthia Corbitt

Contact Phone:

502-852-3915

Contact Email:

SFNChap@louisville.edu

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