Brain Awareness Week

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University of Montreal

Organized by:
University of Montreal

Participating Organizations:
Garderie les Petits Anges de Wesley incRoyal Vale School

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

2

Year:

2015

Type of Events Held:

  • Symposium

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • Other: Kindergarden

Approximate Number of People Reached:

4*20=80

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We discussed the 7 senses. Most kids had covered the basic 5 in their "science class" so we reviewed those (and terminology in French) and also discussed an additional two senses: Proprioception, the sense of body/posture; Vestibular, the sense of balance. We reviewed which parts of the body are responsible for which sense (eyes can't hear but they can see; vestibular can't see but it can balance; hands can't balance but they can touch; etc). We talked about brain safety (helmets) and nutrition. The kids had lots of fun colouring in images of the brain and making brain hats. They loved the pencils, erasers, stickers and certificates from Dana BAW. Since the event, the school has asked me to be the "science chair" at the school and organise more events like this next year. Thanks Dana for another successful event!

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • 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 and Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook
  • BAW Buttons

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Puzzles: K-12
  • Mindboggling Coloring Sheets

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

  • Activities/Experiments

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

  • BAW Poster
  • BAW Participation Certificate

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

People were talking about brains! Kids who had never thought about what's in their head went home talking about nutrition and helmets. The pencils, erasers, stickers, etc was a constant reminder (at least until the kids lost them) of the activity we did. The senses. And the brain.

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

Get kids invovled. Give them a chance to participat, provide answers, etc. Keep the handouts for after (maybe even end of the day) or they are too distracted to listen.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Quotable comments which capture successful aspects of your event(s):

I saw a parent a few weeks later and she told me that her son came home and said "Mom, we have 7 senses!" and the parent was learning from the kid!

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Contact Details

Contact Phone:

514-250-8642

Contact Email:

vanessa.harrar@psy.ox.ac.uk

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