Years K-6 STEM

Back visiting schools Aus-wide via face-to-face or Video / ZOOM sessions from the start of term 4, 2021

Years K-2
Years K-2 are the ideal years to spark a child’s interest in the brain and science.

An interest in science doesn’t start at grade 5, but begins even before school. In my experience, the younger a child is exposed to science, the more likely it is that a career or lasting interest will develop.

The K-2 sessions run for 45-50 minutes and include activities, songs and brain challenges. Face-to-face sessions involve some students wearing the EEG headsets while ZOOM or video presentations show inside the brain using either the presenter’s brain or a live model.

Controlling anger and frustration
K-2 students will learn some basic neuroscience in simple language. They will start by singing songs about the brain and having a look inside the head using fully safe EEGs.

They will then look at what happens inside their brain when they get angry.  Students see how well they can relax (de-glitter) their brain. The ability to do this is vital in making better decisions in the playground, in class or at home.

The K-2 incursions or video sessions will only be presented by the founder of Mindz Brainplay – Phil Dye, a trained K-6 teacher and musician.

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Years 3/4
Mid-primary students also love to sing songs and see brains in action. Like the K-2 sessions, there’s a focus on controlling emotions yet with the additional concept of ‘neurogenisis’, neuron growth through exercise.

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The year 3 and 4 sessions run for 45-60 minutes and include brain health,  brain function and an exciting look inside a brain using an EEG.

The  sessions make a terrific addition to any STEM or STEAM day held at school.

Year 3/4 students will learn some basic neuroscience in simple language. Brain health and learning will be a focus.

The Glitter Jar brain
They will then look at what happens inside their brain when they get angry. We use the simple ‘Glitter Jar’ example and a fantastic short video by Julie and Josh Salzman to explain this. Students will then use an EEG to see how well they can relax (de-glitter) their brain. The ability to do this is vital in making better decisions in the playground, in class or at home.

The year 3-4 incursions  or video sessions will only be presented by the founder of Mindz Brainplay – Phil Dye, a trained K-6 teacher and musician.

Years 5/6
For 11 and 12 year olds soon entering high school, understanding brain health and how to best learn, relax and control themselves in difficult situations is vital.

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My experience is that year 5/6 students are fully capable of understanding mid-level brain concepts. In face-to-face sessions, students will see inside the brains of class ‘demonstrators’. They’ll look at the impact of food on the brain and play a game using mind control.

A Video or Zoom session will contain similar content with the EEGs being used on the presenter or a live model.

The year 3-4 incursions  or video sessions will only be presented by the founder of Mindz Brainplay – Phil Dye, a trained K-6 teacher.

Use the form below to ask about a face-to-face or video session at your school.
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