Weber State University undergraduate volunteers developed stations that addressed a range of brain related topics including: brain anatomy and function, electrical impulses in the brain (EEG), sensation and perception, helmet safety, and brain damage due to stroke and other diseases. Stations were geared toward age group. Sheep brain dissections were done by volunteers for high schools. Resources were obtained from the WSU Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychology, the Dana Alliance, and from the lending library located in the University of Utah's Biotechnology building.
Volunteers incorporated local businesses into community outreach efforts in order to help fund some of the BAW activities. The logos of those who donated funds ($200 total) were printed on BAW volunteer shirts. In the future BAW volunteers wish to expand our efforts to reach out to local business.
In Weber State’s efforts, 18 volunteers were able to visit 10 schools throughout Davis and Weber counties: Ben Lomond High School, Ogden High School, Washington High School, Bountiful High School, Muller Park Jr. High, Layton Jr. High, Boulton Elementary, West Bountiful Elementary, Heritage Elementary, and Ogden Outreach. At each high school, 2 to 3 classes received a presentation and participated in various hands-on activities. At junior high schools, volunteers stayed all day, teaching at all 6 periods. At West Bountiful Elementary, 4 classes were taught. Both Boulton and Heritage Elementary organized assemblies for volunteers to present at. At Heritage, volunteers were able to present to a group of over 300 students. Volunteers also presented at Ogden Outreach, an after school program for at risk youth. It is estimated that approximately 800 students, ranging from grades 4 to 12, were taught valuable concepts as volunteers presented brain related activities and lessons. Overall, Weber State University views Brain Awareness Week for 2013 to be a success and wishes to continue expanding its efforts in the future.
2013 WSU BAW Student Organizers: Daniel Feller, Ariel Hargrave, and Taylor Frost
2013 WSU BAW Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lauren Fowler
2013 WSU BAW Neuroscience Program Staff Coordinator: Briana Stutzmann