Screenshot from ‘Interior Traces’ video of a brain

Further resources and activities on thinking

As well as our ‘Big Picture’ content, the Wellcome Trust has funded many other organisations to produce the following activities and resources that will engage young people on the topic of the mind


Is seeing believing? Download a set of cross-curricular classroom activities, complete with complementary teachers’ notes, or take part in online activities to explore the brain and perception.

Great for: 7–11, 11–14

Living Links to Human Evolution

Gain an insight into the origins of the human mind by studying animal behaviour and the genetic links between chimpanzees and humans.

Great for: 16–19, projects

Brains: The mind as matter

Wellcome Collection’s free exhibition sought to explore what humans have done to brains in the name of science. Watch a brain dissection and view and explore the external surface of a real brain.

Great for: 14–16, 16–19

Interior Traces

How do new ways of seeing the brain change how we see ourselves? This resource is a six-part series of online videos that challenges our perceptions.

Great for: 14–16, 16–19

Philosophy for Children

This PDF resource describes a sequence of ideas to engage students in discussion about the social and ethical aspects of scientific advances. Adapt the scheme to suit different age groups.

Great for: 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, projects

Fabulous images

Search the Wellcome Trust image library for images of different populations great for discussions, stimulating debate, lesson starters, research and more!

Further high-quality resources

You can find a wealth of additional resources in the National STEM Centre e-library. Search by keyword and filter the results by age group, subject, type of resource, etc. Explore the library to find topic lists and resources pre-selected to match curriculum areas or age groups.

For teachers and support staff

The Science Learning Centres provide a range of excellent continuing professional development (CPD) courses to help develop your career as a teacher, leader or member of support staff. Generous bursaries from Project ENTHUSE cover most of the costs of many courses delivered at the National Science Learning Centre in York, making this CPD easily affordable for those in mainstream education in the UK.

If you’d like support from colleagues, need advice on the latest developments in your field, or just want to share your ideas, browse the National STEM Centre and join the online communities.

Lead image:

Interior Traces

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Thinking’ in July 2014.

Genetics and genomics, Neuroscience, Psychology, History
Education levels:
5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, Independent research projects, Continuing professional development