The Brain Awareness Council focuses much of its outreach on the youth of our community. As part of this effort, we visit one K-12 school per month throughout the school year. During school visits we give demonstrations that highlight various aspects of the nervous system in an age appropriate manner. We typically organize each visit into 4-5 stations through which small groups of students can rotate every 10-15 minutes. Each station is facilitated by a Brain Awareness Council volunteer member who is trained to teach the content required in a captivating manner and answer questions. Click here for more information on the “School Visit Stations” we offer.
Because we are a volunteer-run graduate student organization we have limited time and resources to conduct school visits and as such are restricted to one visit per month. We like to maximize our outreach by asking that teachers allow us to visit more than one classroom in a single visit. Visits usually accommodate anywhere from 100-400 students with approximately 30-60 students running through the stations at any given time. Click here to learn more about the logistics of organizing a visit at your school.
We receive many more requests each year than we can fulfill. In general requests are granted on a first come, first serve basis but a few other important factors play a role in deciding which schools to visit. In an effort to maximize our outreach while minimizing volunteer time and numbers, we give higher priority to schools that are able to combine classrooms and/or grades to maximize the number of student participants. We also consider distance from Wake Forest Baptist Hospital and whether or not your school has received a visit in the past year.
If you would like to request a school visit or have any additional questions regarding school visits, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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