Brain Awareness Week

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Weber State University

Organized by:
Weber State University

Participating Organizations:
Weber State University Neuroscience Club

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

43

Year:

2018

Type of Events Held:

  • School Program

Target Audiences:

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

Approximate Number of People Reached:

1170

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

The Weber State Neuroscience Program, in Ogden, UT, organized local outreach events for the week of March 5-9, 2018. Over 1100 students from area Elementary, Jr. High, High School, and after school programs were taught about brain anatomy, function, sensation, perception and health and safety. Many of these were Title I schools, or after school programs. Some of their favorite hands-on activities were sheep brain dissections, spiker boxes and taste perception tests. More than 40 Weber State student volunteers spent their spring break sharing their knowledge and passion with school children. Not only did the children learn more about the brain, they were able to see what amazing things college students can do, and hopefully picture themselves in that role someday, as well.

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Press Release/Media Advisory
  • Website
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

E-mailing schools from previous years. These schools had enjoyed the presentations before, and we had left save-the-date cards with them. They were looking forward to our presentation again, with their next set of students. Our website provides an easy way for them to sign up for presentations.

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
  • Brain-shaped Erasers

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Many of our BAW volunteers commented on how fun it was to have some experience teaching. Students at the schools seemed to enjoy the presentations, and especially the activities, and some even wrote thank you notes afterward.

Contact Information

BAW Website:

https://www.weber.edu/neuroscience/AboutBAW.html

Contact Name:

Lauren Fowler

Contact Phone:

8016267620

Contact Email:

lfowler@weber.edu

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