Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Our program has helped to increase awareness for and interest in neuroscience through several community events, including a Brain Awareness Week and a Brain Bee competition.

Brain Awareness Week

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Brain Awareness Week activities have included a Brain Art Contest especially for kids in grades K to 5, with community members picking their favorite art pieces during a Presque Isle First Friday Art Walk. It’s also included a Celebration of the Brain event, held in partnership with TAMC Rehabilitation and Thearpy Services. During the event, students from the Bio-Medical Club hosted several hands-on stations with brain-themed topics available, and participants had the chance to experience neuro-based challenges while competing in Wii games with family and friends. Athletic Training students also discussed the effects and prevention of concussions and other brain-related injuries.

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 Bee

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Our program has helped to present the Maine Regional Brain Bee. This neuroscience competition is designed especially for 8th to 12th grade students and tests their understanding of brains and the nervous system and how they work together. The winner of the Maine Regional Brain Bee competition advances to the national competition. The winner of that event takes part in the international competition.

In addition to the competition itself, our Program has provided participating high school students with the opportunity to explore UMPI’s offerings, from lunch in our Kelley Commons to brain-themed activities–such as sheep brain dissections, fluorescent microscopy demonstrations, and nerve cell stimulation experiments–in our science labs.