Brain Awareness Week
What is the Brain Awareness Week
Brain Awareness Week (BAW) was founded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. and its sister organization, the European Dana Alliance for the Brain. It is an international campaign to advance public understanding of brain research. Over the past 14 years of BAW, the Dana Alliance has been joined by partners from around the world, including university, hospitals, patient groups, government agencies, schools, service organizations, and professional associations to introduce the wonders of the brain to the general public.
At Florida State University, the Neuroscience Graduate Association participates in Brain Awareness Week by bringing hands on brain-related demonstrations to local elementary, middle, and high schools in the Tallahassee, Florida area.The official SfN designated Brain Awareness Week is March 11-17 2013.
FSU BAW Scheduled Events
Fall High School Visits
During September and October 2012, graduate students from the Neuroscience Program and other programs in Psychology, Biology, and the College of Medicine at FSU will be visiting local Big Bend high schools to:
- Educate students about topics of the brain and neuroscience (including demonstrations) as part of our BAW activities
- Provide information regarding and registration forms for the 7th Annual North Florida Brain Bee held in February 2013
- Inform students about the opportunity to participate in the FREE Neuroscience Study Program.
March Elementary/Middle School Visits
In association with the official SfN designated BAW event, the FSU BAW will be held throughout March 2013. During this time, the NGSA will visit elementary and middle schools in the Big Bend area to promote educate about our brain and the field of neuroscience and encourage the scientists of the future.
These visits will include age-appropriate hands-on demonstrations about the nervous system, sensation/perception, and neuroanatomy (including interaction with real sheep brains).
Classroom Registration for BAW Events
If you are a local K-12 teacher in the Big Bend area and would like the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association to visit your classroom during one of our BAW events, please contact Adam Smith and provide information about availability (dates and times) and number of students per class.