Brain Awareness Week 2017: New Downloadable Materials

Brain Awareness Week 2017 (March 13-19) is approaching and new materials are now available for both adults and kids on the Brain Awareness Week (BAW) website! The fact sheets are easy for BAW partners to print and distribute and provide an easy way to disseminate concise information on the brain to a broad audience. The Dana Alliance’s newly translated materials are particularly useful for international BAW partners.

Brain Briefs on “The Senses” (“Vision”, “Hearing” and “Smell & Taste”) are now available in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and German on the Downloadable Materials for Adults page! They provide information on how the senses work, how perception happens at the neurological level, and address problems that can arise, such as hearing loss from loud noises, vision loss in the aging eye, and decline in smell and taste as we age and due to illness. In addition, there are fact sheets that answer common questions about the brain based on Q&A: Answering Your Questions About the Brain translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and German. There are also three new versions of the new “What is Brain Awareness Week?” animation, featuring translations in French, Portuguese, and Spanish:

The brand new fact sheets on the Downloadable Materials for Kids page are for children in grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. For grades 3-5 (ages 8-11) the fact sheets illustrate “How the Brain Works,” “How Do the Senses Work,” and “Human and Animal Brains: How Do They Compare?”  The fact sheets for grades 6-8 (ages 12-14) cover “How Does the Brain Work?” and delve into more complex topics such as “How Do Scientists Study the Brain?” and “How Does Exercise Affect the Brain?”. Also available on the kids page are puzzles for children in grades K through 12, including a Health Word Search and Brain Scramble for grades 6-8 (ages 12-14) and a Neuron Word Search, Synaptic Challenge, Brain Anatomy Crossword Puzzle, and Brain Plasticity Fallen Word Puzzle for grades 9-12 (ages 14-18).

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“How do the senses work?” fact sheet for grades 3-5

BAW partners should also remember to check out BAW Tips & Resources, where they can find event ideas, outreach tools, education and science resources, and other publications that the Dana Alliance has available. Stay tuned for more downloadable materials in the near future!

– Amanda Bastone

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