Brain Awareness Week

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University of Wyoming

Organized by:
University of Wyoming

Participating Organizations:
University of Wyoming

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

We had 5 different small events

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)

Approximate Number of People Reached:

200

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

This year the objective of our outreach was focused on the high school level. In years past we have focused on the younger population of our community and have always struggled to get the high school students involved. To accomplish this, this year we reached out to the local high school psychology teachers and did an in class hands-on brain awareness for each of the classes. In total we were able to reach 5 different class each with about 30 students in them. We spent the class period talking a little bit about our research then moved into stations we had set up around the room. We had the backyard brains claw bundle and human-human interface and also had 8 brains from different species that the students had to try to guess what animal each brain was from. We then did some fun super taster strips, taste berries with lemons, made pipe cleaner neurons, located our blind spots, and spent time talking about how to pursue science in college.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Other

Other Publicity Methods:

Since we went to the school only this year, we did not have to publicize our event

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
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

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

  • Puzzles: Grades 9-12

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

  • New Lesson Plans
  • New Puzzles/Games

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

We had numerous parents reach out to us after hearing what their kids were able to experience at school and they were very thrilled. We even had one student say he was not going to go to college until he learned that he could study the types of things we were doing and then he decided he would think about college (this students statement made the whole thing worth it to us!)

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

I think that reaching out to particular schools is an additional benefit to hosting one large night. We were able to touch a whole different aspect of our community this way.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

Yes

Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Everything on the facebook page is great and I cannot think of any other additions at this time

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:

N/A

Contact Name:

Karagh Murphy

Contact Phone:

215-804-6327

Contact Email:

kmurph17@uwyo.edu

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