Brain Awareness Week

The University of Maine at Presque Isle presents its Fifth Annual Brain Awareness Week festivities in March with two events especially for campus and community members to learn more about neuroscience and brain function.

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research, according to the official BAW website. During BAW, campaign partners organize creative and innovative activities in their communities to educate and excite people of all ages about the brain and brain research. Founded and coordinated by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and European Dana Alliance for the Brain, BAW's 20th annual celebration will take place in mid-March.

Brain Art Contest

As part of UMPI's Brain Awareness Week activities, a Brain Art Contest for kids in grades K-5 will take place during March, with community members picking their favorite art pieces during a First Friday exhibit at the Wintergreen Arts Center on March 6.

A winners ceremony will be held at the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room as part of the Celebration of the Brain event taking place on March 26.

Celebration of the Brain

On Thursday, March 26, from 6-8 p.m., families are encouraged to gather at the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room for the Celebration of the Brain, an event being held in partnership with TAMC Rehabilitation and Thearpy Services.

During the event, Students from the Bio-Medical Club will have several hands-on stations with brain-themed topics available, and participants will have the chance to experience neuro-based challenges while competing in Wii games with family and friends.

Athletic Training students also will be on hand to discuss the effects and prevention of concussions and other brain-related injuries.

A highlight of the evening will be the awards ceremony for the Brain Art Contest, where students in two age categories (grades K-2 and 3-5) will be honored.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend and take part in these free events.