Brain Awareness Week is an international campaign to promote interest in brain health and neuroscience. With your support, we will establish Brain Awareness Week as a signature event on campus. We wish to create two brain awareness-themed science and activity fairs: Bronco Brain Day for the campus community, and Brain Day Jr. where we bring local area students to our campus. These events will be organized by students under the supervision of Robert Blumenfeld, a Cognitive Neuroscientist and Professor in the Psychology Department. The Brain Awareness Program embodies CPP’s mission and vision. Your support, at any level, will help us make these events happen.
In 2019, before the Pandemic, we organized a Brain Awareness event inviting Pomona Unified 5th and 6th graders to our campus for a day of interactive educational activities centered around the brain and mental health. This event was a great success, we welcomed more than 300 students to CPP and put on an event that highlighted our incredible undergraduates and vibrant campus.
The Brain Awareness Team:
With your support, we will recruit CPP students to form the Brain Awareness Team to begin planning the events. This undergraduate team will research, design, promote, and create each activity. Their participation in the program will be an independent study supervised by Dr. Blumenfeld.
The Brain Awareness Team in 2020
To give you a sense of what our team will be capable of creating, here are some of the activities that we had for our 2019 event:
Brain Hat Activity- students learn about the different regions of the brain and their general function. They color a labeled cut out of the left and right brain hemispheres and then construct a “hat” from the two cut outs. This can then be used as a reference for general functions of the different areas of the brain.