Brain Awareness Week
October 27-31, 2014
(Sign Up to Volunteer)
Week (BAW) is an international initiative begun by the Society of Neuroscience and the Dana Alliance in 1996 to further the
public's understanding of Neuroscience. The Brain Awareness Week program
is a collaborative effort between private schools, research institutions
and health organizations across the country.
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities and The University of Minnesota
Medical School-Duluth have been active partners in this effort since
1996 and have developed one of the most visible programs in the country.
Neuroscience Faculty, Students from the Graduate Program in Neuroscience,
U of MN affiliated staff and faculty and staff from Macalester College
in St. Paul volunteer their time to make this event happen.
The focus in
Minnesota has been on reaching fourth and fifth grade school children
in the Seven County Metro area and greater Minnesota and teaching them
about the brain and the nervous system. Since 1996, BAW presentations
have been given to over 130,000 students. Each year, different school districts are
targeted (School Schedule).
to elementary school children, the BAW program is proud to sponsor the Brain Bee, a neuroscience based competition
for high-school aged students (ninth thru twelfth) each year.