What is Brain Waves?
Brain Waves is a half-day, educational neuroscience program for students in grades 4 to 6. Brain Waves is designed to tackle the growing incidence of acquired brain injury through an engaging and preventative program. Proven to be successful in Ontario, the Vancouver Brain Injury Association is introducing Brain Waves to schools in the North Shore and Vancouver to increase awareness and education children about brain injury in an attempt to reduce child mortality and fundamentally create a societal change about how we approach and perceive brain injury. Brain Waves is also free-of-charge for schools, teachers and parents.
The Parachute Brain Waves Program is funded by ICBC through a community grant to VBIA.
If you hit your head or feel any symptoms of a concussion, stop that activity immediately.
Tell an adult!
Find the closest teacher, parent, or healthcare professional and tell them what happened.
Even though you may not feel like you have a concussion, be safe and get assessed by your doctor.
The best recovery is lots of sleep. Return to your activity after your doctor gives you the go-ahead.
Making Big (Brain) Waves in Surrey
Recently, Vancouver BIA joined forces with ThinkFirst BC to deliver Brain Waves to Khalsa School in Surrey. The day was full of non-stop excitement, fun activities and lots of jello brains! The kids learned about neuroscience, concussions and the importance of protecting their heads. Check out some of the photos taken.
Brain Waves was at the Surrey Khalsa School in late June.
The kids were fascinated by the jello brain!
Why is Brain Waves important?
Brain injuries permanently disable or kill more children in British Columbia than all other causes combined. Concussion rates are highest among BC children aged 10-14. Children under 19 who visited the emergency room for sports-related concussions doubled from 2001 to 2012 according to the Centre for Disease Control, indicating that brain injury is a growing issue. Despite the fact that the incidence of acquired brain injury exceeds that of multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS there is less than 1/400th the community funding for brain injury than for these for other worthy causes. Brain Waves will decrease the number of North Shore children permanently disabled or killed by brain injury.
Who is involved in Brain Waves?
Brain Waves affects the entire educational system, from educators to students to parents. High school and university students who are highly motivated and in related fields of study, including teaching, health sciences, and nursing, are trained to become volunteer Brain Waves instructors throughout the year. Grades 4 to 6 students across the North Shore and in Vancouver are taught the program. Teachers and educators are also highly encouraged to participate. Parents, relatives, retired people, and anyone with the free time is encouraged to volunteer for Brain Waves.
When is Brain Waves starting?
News regarding Brain Waves in newspapers, community centres, and the Internet is beginning to appear! Volunteer Instructor training for classroom instruction started in February 2018, with the first presentations in grade school classrooms expected to be given April through June, late in the 2017 – 2018 school year. Over the next 3 years, we are planning to expand and improve the program.
Training for Brain Waves Instructor/Coordinators will commence in April 2018. These Instructor/Coordinators may train hundreds of Brain Waves Volunteer Instructors for North Shore and Vancouver schools. It’s important that we can meet the demand that will be created when parents realize this life-saving instruction is available in our grade school classrooms.
Lower Mainland Students Reached in 2016
Reduced Risk of Concussion by Wearing a Helmet
Where is Brain Waves taking place?
Brain Waves will be mainly taught in elementary and grade school classrooms for students from grades 4 to 6, but is flexible and can be adapted to fit various audiences. Future endeavours include community groups and summer camps, as well as repeat presentations in the beginning months of the following school year to reinforce learning. Brain Waves will be piloted on the North Shore, with emphasis put on North and West Vancouver. However, as awareness of the program spreads and interest grows, Vancouver BIA has ambitious plans for Brain Waves beyond Vancouver to the rest of Metro Vancouver.
How do I get involved in Brain Waves?
Since Brain Waves affects nearly all aspects of the school system, there is always a way for you to get involved! If you’re a parent interested in this program for your child, talk to your teachers and school to get this program implemented. This is also a gratis opportunity for teachers and schools and is easy to implement.
Learn to be a Brain Waves volunteer instructor. Vancouver BIA will train over 100 volunteer Instructors; training sessions take place every month. You will love seeing how excited children become as they participate in Brain Waves. Or even become a Brain Waves volunteer trainer! Or help with fundraising, or make a donation to support the Brain Waves program. There are lots of ways to get involved.
What is the future of Brain Waves?
Though Brain Waves is just beginning on the West Coast, we have ambitious plans for the future of the program. With the prevalence of technology in today’s society, we are looking for ways to effectively incorporate virtual reality (VR) into presentations. VR gives students a new and unique perspective into the brain through interactive exercises, educational animations, and an unparalleled visual experience.