Brain Awareness Week

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University of Maryland Baltimore

Organized by:
University of Maryland Baltimore

Participating Organizations:
Hampstead Hill Academy Lakeland Elementary/Middle School

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

2

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

250

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

Our group of graduate students and faculty visited middle school classes to give interactive demonstrations examining sensory perception, neuronal signaling in humans and invertebrates, and comparative neuroanatomy. We used Backyard Brains' Human-human EMG kit and Spiker box for these activities. We first gave a brief (5-7min) powerpoint presentation of neuroscience basics (what the CNS is, how neurons communicate, etc) as well as the different levels of research. The class was then split into 3-4 groups and rotated through each activity station, spending 12-15min at each. We regrouped at the end, with students asking questions and volunteers sharing about their own research projects and what fuels their passion for neuroscience.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Website

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?

  • New Lesson Plans

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?

Local students were excited about neuroscience research

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Kara Cover

Contact Phone:

978-758-2714

Contact Email:

kcover@umaryland.edu

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