The Brain Box Challenge for Primary Schools
This successful and highly acclaimed workshop will return this year after a hiatus for Covid. Since the University of Bristol began this workshop in 2012, they have visited more than 100 classrooms and worked with over 3,000 primary pupils in Bristol and the surrounding area. And they’re hoping to visit another 300 or more pupils this year!
The workshop is designed for Year 6 children – complementing KS2 science modules on Living Things, Animals (including Humans), Evolution and Inheritance and Working Scientifically. Plus its great fun for pupils to learn what their brain looks like, how scientists study it, how it might differ from other animals and how it gives rise to our behaviour.
The sessions includes a short taught component, with lots of focus on practical, hands-on demonstrations, craftwork, games, puzzles & experiments.
“The session was an ideal opportunity to enhance the learning our pupils experience linked to the National Curriculum focus on Life Processes. It was also interesting to have some of your students, available to work alongside groups of children. This presented us with role models to refer to, inspiring more of our pupils to get involved in science more confidently in the future.”Testimonial from a teachers at Golden Valley Primary School in 2013.
Visits will be arranged between November and June – please note that this is an extremely popular event and will likely be booked up fast.
To book – please complete this form https://forms.office.com/r/Qk6bgEvDjA
If you’d like more information on the Brain Box Challenge (in person or digital) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and put Brain Box in the email header.
Priority will be given to schools meeting our widening participation criteria and for any schools we are unable to visit in person, we have also developed a digital version of the workshop which you can run yourselves, perhaps over British Science Week. The theme this year is Connections, making a brain theme extremely relevant.
Further details of what the University of Bristol provides and testimonials from past visits can be viewed on the website.