Brain Awareness Week

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University of Oklahoma-Norman Cellular & Behavioral Neurobiology Graduate Program

Organized by:
University of Oklahoma-Norman Cellular & Behavioral Neurobiology Graduate Program

Participating Organizations:
Oklahoma Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience; Department of Biology of the University of Oklahoma

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

2

Year:

2019

Type of Events Held:

  • Exhibit

Target Audiences:

  • Elementary school students(1-5)
  • General Public
  • High School students(9-12)
  • Middle school students(6-8)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

1000

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

At each event, we engaged visitors in the following activities, choosing to excite their interest and teach them fundamental concepts related to the nervous system: 1) see/touch a human brain 2) see/hear electricity from your own muscles (surface electromyograms from the biceps) 3) see how your brain changes in a minute (throwing balls after wearing prism goggles) 4) fool your brain about where your hand is using a proprioceptive illusion (muscle massager on triceps tendon with eyes closed) 5) see how fruit flies stop moving when their synapses temporarily stop functioning (temperature-sensitive mutation) 6) experience how smell is integrated with taste in the brain (judging jellybean flavor with eyes and nose closed). Some photos of these activities are at http://www.ou.edu/cbn/news-and-events/annual-events/. This year, we held our annual BAW event at Science Museum Oklahoma, now in collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience, Oklahoma Chapter, on April 19-20, 2019, with about 500 attendees and participated in ScienceFest at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City on 5/2/2019, with about 500 4th-5th graders visiting our exhibit.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Posters/Flyers
  • Website
  • Social Media

Other Publicity Methods:

Science Museum Oklahoma and ScienceFest had their own publicity efforts.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

I'm not sure, as most of the publicity was done by these other organizations.

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:

  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • BAW Pencils

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Great engagement and education of both children and adults.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Contact Information

BAW Website:

www.ou.edu/cbn

Contact Name:

Ari Berkowitz

Contact Phone:

405-325-3492

Contact Email:

ari@ou.edu

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