Brain Games for primary schools

Understanding how the brain works is not an easy task, Oxford academics are seeking to inspire the next generation of very young neuroscientists by creating a set of games and teaching aids that aim to get primary school children excited about science. Intricacies of brain structure and activity are not intuitive, but these fun games and interactive teaching aids, developed by neuroscience experts at the University of Oxford, make learning about the brain child’s play.

Inspiring the next generation of scientists

The most important organ in the human body, the brain, controls all human functions, from breathing and walking to crying and laughing. The complexity of the way it handles such tasks is often not understood by adults, let alone primary school children.

However, games and teaching aids, developed by academics at the University of Oxford, simplify learning about the brain to give key stage 2 children (age 7-11) an insight into the world of science and understanding how the brain works.

Teaching children how the brain works

Researchers at the University of Oxford, consulted primary school teachers and experts in primary school science to develop a range of toys and teaching materials to increase understanding in the following areas:

  • How the brain learns
  • Which day-to-day activities are considered to be good for the brain
  • Which parts of the brain are used to complete specific tasks

Games have been validated and designed in an iterative manner by obtaining feedback from teachers and children, in order to maximise learning whilst also being fun and engaging.

Games and teaching materials available

We currently have a license for a range of games and teaching aids aimed at Key Stage 2 children (age 7-11) including the following:

Brain Games – An alternative take on the classic card and board games to help children understand how the brain learns and what activities could help grow your brain. These games are for use at home or at school and do not need teacher supervision.

Teaching materials – Worksheets and Teacher packs include lesson plans and introductory materials for Key Stage 2 primary school children.

All aspects of the material have been tested in schools by teachers and pupils.

Teachers have said the games are “fun, bright and user friendly” and that “year 4 enjoyed the challenge of using technical scientific language”. Mark, age 10, said “it was interesting, I learnt what neurons were”.

Commercialisation

OUI would like to find a partner to manufacture and distribute the games and/or teaching aids to inspire the next generation of scientists.

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