Brain Awareness Week

The University of Maine at Presque Isle presents its Fourth Annual Brain Awareness Week festivities in March with several 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 19th 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 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 7 at 6 p.m.

A winners ceremony will be held at the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room as part of the Brain Art Night taking place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 (see more details about this event below).

Brain Game and Wii Challenge

On Tuesday, March 11, from 5-7 p.m., families are encouraged to gather at the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room for a Brain Game and Wii Challenge event. Being held in partnership with TAMC Rehabilitation and Thearpy Services, this event will give participants the chance to experience neuro-based challenges while competing in Wii games with family and friends.

Ceramic Brain Painting and Concussion Discussion Event

A returning favorite, Ceramic Brain Painting Night will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in the Campus Center's Multi-Purpose Room. As they have for the past three years, participants will learn about the brain (this year, the focus will be on a "Concussion Discussion") and then use their imaginations as they work in pairs to paint a plaster brain. During the event, Athletic Training students will deliver a short public seminar, discussing concussions and other brain-related injuries.

A highlight of the evening will be the awards ceremony for the Brain Art Contest, where students in three age categories (grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-12) will be honored.

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