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Brain Detectives: a science club for kids and young people

14 February 2017

Brain Detectives activity


The Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) is hosting its 12th 'Brain Detectives' workshop series this February half term (Tuesday 14- Friday 17 February).

Brain Detectives is a series of free science workshops that give children and young people a chance to learn about the brain through fun and interactive activities, as well as a chance to engage with real brain scientists and to take part in some on-going experiments for themselves.

The workshops have been running since 2013, and over 500 children have participated. The CRAE team runs two versions of this event; one for children aged between 6 and 11 years, and another for teenagers aged between 12 and 18 years.

The team welcome all children and young people to these events, especially those on the autism spectrum.

Lorcan Kenny, a PhD student at CRAE, helps to run the workshops. She says:

"We teach the children about what the different parts of your brain do, what the brain is made up of, and introduce the idea that parts of your brain are really complicated. Each room represents a different part of the brain, so the participants take part in one of the ongoing research projects and also get to chat with the researcher in that room."

Although this series of Brain Detectives is now sold out, these workshops are hosted throughout the year during the school holidays. The workshops are run by Professor Liz Pellicano, CRAE's Director, and organised by CRAE's Engagement Officer, Dr Melissa Bovis.


If you would like to book a place on the next Brain Detectives workshop, please email ioe.braindetectives@ucl.ac.uk or call 020 7331 5126.