Brain Awareness Week
Each year the UCLA Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience recognizes Brain Awareness Week (BAW). During a typical BAW, over 250 students from schools in Los Angeles county visit the BRI on a very special field trip to celebrate the brain. Each day K-12 students arrive in front of the Gonda (Goldschmied) Neuroscience and Genetics Research Center to join Project Brainstorm leaders. The tour begins with a brief overview on the structure and function of the brain, and then graduate students conduct presentations on the brain, including some hands-on activities, and educational, age-appropriate presentations ranging from brain injury, two-point discrimination testing, sensation, synaptic function, hemispheric differences, motor system and lobe functions.
The students then visit research laboratories in the Gonda Center where they hear presentations about research on topics such as Aplysia, Drosophila, and memory research. Regardless of grade level, students experience new insights into the fascinating neuroscience research environment at UCLA, often leading to a heightened interest in a scientific career.
In 2020, Brain Awareness Week activities are scheduled on campus from March 16th - March 20th. The complete schedule can be found here.
BAW 2019 is completely booked, but if you represent a school and would like to request a visit for BAW 2020, please email the program's coordinator Jamie Mondello.
A video of Brain Awareness Week 2019 can be found here.