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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 13-19, 2017.

FSU BAW Scheduled Events

Fall High School Visits

During September and October 2015, 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:

  1. Educate students about topics of the brain and neuroscience (including demonstrations) as part of our BAW activities
  2. Provide information regarding and registration forms for the 9th Annual North Florida Brain Bee held in January 2015
  3. Inform students about the opportunity to participate in the FREE Neuroscience Study Program.

Spring Elementary/Middle School Event

The Neuroscience Graduate Program will be hosting a Brain Fair in late spring to teach children of all ages about the wonders of the brain. We offer interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and a unique experience to engage with real scientists. You can learn about your senses, explore the brain, and build a neuron. This event is FREE and open to the public.

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 812 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 Brandon Chellette and provide information about availability (dates and times) and number of students per class.