Brain Awareness Week

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University of Washington

Organized by:
University of Washington

Participating Organizations:
Pacific Cascade Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience UW Neuroscience Community Outreach

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

6

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • Open House

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

1,200

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

1. The University of Washington Brain Awareness Week Open House was held on March 6. For this event, 800 students from local elementary, middle and high schools came to the Seattle campus of the University of Washington to learn about the brain. The students started with a multimedia "Brain Assembly" where they learned about neurotransmission, compared the brains of different animals and played with some visual illusions. After the assembly, students visited exhibits set up by University of Washington departments and other organizations. There were exhibits about the senses, a neuron building area, a face painting station and even a mock MRI machine. Students in one class wore brainy T-shirts that they decorated before they arrived for the Open House. 2. School visit to BF Day Elementary School and a talk with 44 kindergarten students about the brain. We talked about the many functions of the brain, sang songs about the brain (“Twinkle, Twinkle, Brain of Mine”), and discussed how important it is to protect their brains by eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep and wearing seat belts and helmets. 3. Visit to a middle school with a school assembly for 200 sixth grade students on March 15. 4, 5 and 6. Visits by middle school students, high school students, and undergraduates to the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. Presentations included discussions of how engineering and neuroscience can be used to investigate neurological diseases. After this discussion, the students were divided into three groups where they work with games and activities that illustrate many of the principles of neural engineering.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Website

Other Publicity Methods:

Newsletter

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Web site provides a way for people to register for events.

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:

  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • More Mindbogglers!
  • BAW Pencils
  • Brain-shaped Erasers
  • The Mindboggling Workbook

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?

Brings researchers and students together.

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

Secure needed funding as soon as possible.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Yes.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/baw.html

Contact Name:

Eric Chudler

Contact Phone:

206-616-6899

Contact Email:

chudler@u.washington.edu

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