Brain Awareness Week from March 12-19 is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. And once again, this year, this week is being recognized with educational programs and events right here in Saskatoon.
The Brain Waves educational program will be offered at local schools March 13 to 17.
Brain Waves is a free informative and fun half-day neuroscience presentation for students in Grades 4 to 6 put on by Parachute Canada and the Sask. Central Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team.
“Through Brain Waves, students learn about different parts of the brain, basic neuroscience vocabulary, and how and why it's important to protect their brain and spinal cord in a hands-on format, which includes activity booklets, helmet fitting tips and jelly brains,” says Saskatoon Health Region’s Kaitlyn Kwasney, Education and Prevention Coordinator with the Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team . “It provides students with a new awareness of the brain and spinal cord and simple strategies to prevent injury.”
Through the Sask. Central Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team, University of Saskatchewan students will be conducting 32 Brain Wave presentations across Saskatoon to over 803 elementary school students.
Also to celebrate Brain Awareness week, an event called Brain Blast will be held in the atrium at Saskatoon City Hospital on March 19 from noon to 3 p.m.
Brain Blast is an annual event organized by the Sask. Central Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team, in partnership with the Saskatoon Health Region and the Saskatchewan Neuroscience Network and SGI.
At Brain Blast, there will be interactive stations to teach the public about their brain with stops along the way to try out a model MRI machine and mock neuroscience lab. Individuals will also learn about various brain disorders, and how to protect their brain.
University of Saskatchewan students will staff the brain walk stations, stamping the public’s passports as they visit each of the fun and interactive stations on the brain walk.
“It’s a great free event with tangible takeaways for all ages, including activity books for the little ones and information for the adults on various brain related topics and displays from various brain related community organizations,” says Kwasney.