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Brain Awareness Week

 

The CBN supports The Dana Foundation and The Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience with outreach programs that help raise Brain Awareness.

Originally a Dana Alliance initiative, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) began small but has grown into an international celebration and advocacy outreach project. Beginning as just a week out of the year, many groups have taken the call to action a step further and participate year round. Here in Georgia, we have exceptional resources and opportunities surrounding Brain Awareness.

Atlanta Science Festival

The Atlanta Science Festival is an annual public celebration of local science and technology. Curious people of all ages will explore the science and technology in our region and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives. Scientists and educators from museums, local schools, universities, and companies will uncover mysteries and explain discoveries in a variety of hands-on activities, facility tours, stimulating presentations, and riveting performances to expand our community of science enthusiasts and inspire a new generation of curious thinkers.

With 100 individual events each year since the inaugural Festival in 2014, we have reached over 100,000 people. Collaborations with 100-plus community partners, including school districts, post-secondary institutions, museums, businesses, civic and community groups facilitated the festival’s success. The Festival conservatively estimated 250 million marketing and public relations impressions in 2016 through social media, out-of-home, television and radio ad buys, press releases and local celebrity support. Our evaluation data shows that our attendee racial/ethnic demographics match the percentages within the metro Atlanta region and that our Festival is reaching a wide variety of ages, with 50% of the attendee population aged 25-44 completing evaluations (no one under 14 years old completed a survey).

Classroom Visits

K-12 Educators: Want a neuroscienctist to visit your clasroom? Click here! Each year, The Atlanta Chapterer of the Society for Neuroscience, coordinates visits from neuroscientists to Atlanta-area elementary, middle, and high schools, reaching thousands of students. Although we started concentrating our efforts in March, which was declared Brain Awareness Month in Georgia in 2015, the ACSfN now fills visitor requests year-round due to high demand. Interested teachers can request a classroom visit any time of the year.

 

CONTACTS:

Jennifer Walcott

Project Coordinator

Center for Behavioral Neuroscience

Georgia State University

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Saturday, April 5, Brain Expo Photo Gallery

 
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