Further resources and activities on the brain

As well as our ‘Big Picture’ content, Wellcome has funded many other organisations to produce the following activities and resources to engage and educate young people about the brain

Wondermind

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

Great for: 711, 1114

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: 1619, 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 use the Brain app to take part in debates such as ‘Is being in love just a chemical reaction?’ or ‘Is it OK to enhance brain function with cognitive enhancers or “smart drugs”?’

Great for: 1416, 1619

Guerilla Science

Experience science about the brain, shared in unique ways – from brain banquets to theatre – and explore ideas to challenge perceptions and stimulate discussion.

Great for: 1416, 1619

BrainFacts

A great resource full of facts and news about neuroscience, psychology and other brain-related research.

Great for: 14–16, 16–19

Further high-quality resources

You can find a wealth of additional resources in the STEM Learning 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.

The British Neuroscience Association (BNA) has also created a curated list of free online resources to help teach neuroscience concepts. These resources have been linked to specific points in UK biology syllabuses, so you can pinpoint exactly where they might fit into your teaching.

For teachers and support staff

STEM Learning provides 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 STEM 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, or just want to share your ideas, browse STEM Learning’s online communities.

About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Inside the Brain’ in January 2013 and reviewed and updated in November 2017.

Topic:
Neuroscience
Issue:
Inside the Brain
Education levels:
5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, Independent research projects, Undergraduate, Continuing professional development