BAW Report 2016
University of Wyoming
Other participating organizations:
Our event was sponsored by the director of our Neuroscience Program Dr. Francis Flynn. Our event was supported by our National Institutes of Health Neuroscience Center Grant and the Univeristy of Wyoming Academic Affairs Office.
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BAW EVENT(S) SUMMARY
Number of events organized during BAW:
1 Night with 11 different brain stations
Type of BAW events held:
Other event type:
Public Hands on Activity Night
- Elementary school students(1-5)
- General Public
- High school students(9-12)
- Middle school students(6-8)
- Patients and Caregivers
- University students
Approximate number of people reached:
Details of major BAW events/activities:
The objective of our night was to host a large public night for adults and children to come learn about the brain. This was Wyoming's first brain awareness event. Children were given passports with the 11 different stations on them and received a sticker for each station they completed. When they finished they were given small stuffed brains, a word search, coloring sheets, and a ruler with the University of Wyoming Neuroscience Logo (adults were welcome to the gifts as well). I think we were extremely successful with our outreach night with a multitude of compliments on the night and many questions about when we will be hosting another. We also had catering of snacks and drinks for the participants and we decorated the room we held the event in with our scientific posters so the public could learn about the research happening in neuroscience at the university. The event was entirely run by graduate students in neuroscience with the aid of the director of the program. Stations we organized included: Brain hat coloring and making neurons out of pipe cleaners, Face painting of neurons, Bean bag toss with prism goggles, Stroop test activities, Touch station with blind boxes, mazes and how temperature affects sensation, Vision station with finding your blind spot, optical illusions, and colorblind tests, Hearing station testing how high of frequencies you can hear, Taste/Smell station with guess the smell, are you a supertaster, and tasting a lemon after a miracle fruit tablet, Model brains of different species, Microscopes to visualize brain slides of different animals and human tissue, and a Backyard Brain kit where we used the human-human interface and the dancing cockroach leg packages. The human-human interface was a hit
EVENT PLANNING & PUBLICITY
Publicity methods used:
- Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
- Press Release/Media Advisory
- Social Media
Which of these publicity methods was most successful?
The local newspaper did an interview article with myself and the director of our program which was the most successful publicity we did. Most people commented that they saw the advertisement in the paper. The university is also located in a small town and therefore everyone reads the local paper which was the best method for us to take advantage of.
Dana Alliance publications/resources distributed:
- Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research
- It’s Mindboggling!
- More Mindbogglers!
Other Dana Alliance materials distributed:
What downloadable materials from the Alliance did you use for your events?Puzzles: Mindboggling SeriesMindboggling Coloring Sheets
What other downloadable materials would you like the Alliance to provide?Lesson PlansActivities/Experiments
Official BAW graphic materials used:
- BAW Logos
- BAW Facebook Cover Photo
BAW FEEDBACK & KEYS TO SUCCESS
How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?
Our local community was extremely receptive of our event. Many of them did not even know we had a neuroscience program at our university. Some immediate outcomes included myself being asked to run a mini brain awareness day for young women in science who are curious about careers in neuroscience. From our brain awareness night I was able to reach 80 more young women 7-12th grade from rural places in wyoming and get them excited about the brain.
Please share any suggestions that may help others plan their BAW events:
Since we did tables that all had different stations, we felt as though we needed a larger space. Additionally, we had some elderly people show up and we did not think about getting wheelchairs around the event.
Was the information provided on Facebook helpful? Do you have suggestions for future content?
The public brain instructional video of what brain awareness is was great! I think more public videos such as this would be great.