Children from across Auckland were the lucky winners of fantastic prizes at Brain Day, organised by the Centre for Brain Research.
12 year old Laura Donovan was drawn as the winner of an iPad – her prize for taking part in the science labs passport tour and the Brain Day research questionnaire. The research questionnaire aimed to find out what information people want from Brain Day, as well as public knowledge about stroke. Meanwhile the passport tour weaved around the varied science labs on offer on the day, ranging from anatomy demonstrations to hearing decibel checks for ipods.
Laura says that she found Brain Day fascinating; “The hands on experiments were fun and touching a real brain and listening to the people talk about the brain was very interesting. I would like to come back again next year and take part in some of the workshops.”
Laura lives in the countryside and says she made a special trip to Brain Day. “I hope to be a vet one day and have an interest in how the human body works,” she says. “I attended Brain day mainly because my younger sister is doing a school project on the brain at the moment and also my mum was interested to find out some information about ADHD.”
Meanwhile 11 year old Amanda Ford was crowned the winner of the children’s drawing competition. Judges PhD students Jerusha Naidoo and Jane Evans thought her diagram of the brain, which children could wear as a hat, was the most artistic. Amanda is from Parnell, and was very excited to win a $50 book voucher.
Honourable mentions for the drawing competition went to 12 year old Jes Godward, 7 year old Jackie Cao and 5 year old Te Mahara Tipuna.
Auckland Brain Day took place on 17th March 2012, and is part of the annual international Brain Awareness Week.