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Ginny Smith from Braintastic! Science perfoming Hack Your Brain, one of our fun science shows on stage

A whirlwind introduction to the brain and nervous system, this interactive science show helps students understand their brains better, and learn how to make the most of them. Starting from what is a neuron, we create a giant one live on stage to explain how nerve cells communicate. Then we hijack those signals to control someone's movements (preferably a willing teacher!) and investigate what this tells us about how we learn. Packed with memorable large scale demos, Hack Your Brain is sure to be a highlight of any science week or school term!

Hack Your Brain
Take control of the teacher!

Versions for Ages 11-16 | KS3, KS4

Primary school students form a neuron on stage during a spectacular Braintastic! Science show at Cheltenham Science Festival
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Sensational Science
Versions for Ages 5-11 | KS1, KS2

Exploring the science of optical illusions and our amazing brains, this workshop is crammed full of science fun, experiments and hands-on activities as the kids make their own illusions to take home and try on friends and family.

Ginny from Braintastic! Science performs sensory illusions on a child wearing an ear-swap hat in our science workshops for schools
KS3 students at James Allens Girls School blow balloons during Braintastic! Science Mastering Memory workshop

Mastering Memory Workshop
Versions for Ages 7-16 | KS2, KS3, KS4

Can you trust your memories? Maybe not. In this interactive science workshop students learn how memories stored in the brain can play tricks on you, through a series of memory games and quizzes. We’ll also share some memory retention techniques and explore psychology and neuroscience research that can help boost your learning by better understanding our amazing brains.

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Braintastic!
Science shows

Available live in-person, virtual or pre-rec online

Braintastic! Science creates spectacular live science shows for schools and festivals that inspire, entertain and educate young people about their amazing brains and how to get the best out of them. Our interactive shows and hands-on workshops are great activities for science week or fun end of term science classes and assemblies. Even better, they often work out cheaper than a school field trip and are far less hassle to arrange!


We regularly perform our live stage shows at the UK’s biggest science festivals like Cheltenham, Cambridge and Manchester as well as schools and academies, and always get amazing feedback.

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Alina from Braintastic! Science demo'ing an ear switch hat on stage

That's Non-Sense!
The surprising science of the senses
Ages 7-11 | KS2

Explore the wonderful world of our senses, and the tricks they play on us. Think you see with your eyes and taste with your tongue? Ever wondered why you get dizzy when you spin? How many senses do you even have? Prepare to be amazed and confounded by sensory and optical illusions in this demo-packed exploration of your brain, as we discover your senses aren’t quite as simple as they seem…

Mastering Memory
Brain science based tips to boost learning

Versions for Ages 7-16 | KS2, KS3, KS4

Find out what happens when we learn and how memories are stored in the brain, plus why we can’t always trust everything we remember. Using memory games, quizzes and interactive activities for the whole audience we make learning fun in this science show. By understanding what's actually going on in their amazing brains, students can boost learning and design more effective revision plans, helping make it that little bit easier. 

Braintastic! Science wow families with our spectacular science shows at Green Man Festival
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TESTIMONIALS

Thank you so much for coming down to do the show for us. Everyone had an amazing time and we would definitely love to have you back again. 

Amy Seales, Family Programme Coordinator
The Royal Institution of Great Britain. 

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Hands-on Science Workshops

Seeing is believing! Astound young minds with science fun, experiments and illusions that highlight their amazing brains in action. Available live in-person, online or as a package with our science shows for schools, these interactive science workshops are great for smaller groups - perhaps as part of an end of term science class or a fun science club. Or Building a Resilient Brain is perfect for a wellbeing week or PSHE drop down day focused on mental health and wellbeing. They typically run for 30-45mins to suit your timetable, or can be extended to an hour with Q&A and we always tailor the content for the target age group.

Building a Resilient Brain
Versions for Ages 7-14 | KS2, KS3

Looking after our mental health is one of the most important things we can do to live a happy and healthy life. But how do you support mental wellbeing in schools? And what factors go into boosting students' resilience - so they can bounce back from whatever life throws at them?

 

This hands-on workshop covers the science of resilience and shares some mental health self-care techniques. For KS2 we look at how to control the emotions and talk about your feelings, while with KS3 we add topics like dealing with stress and anxiety at school and introduce common mental health conditions such as depression.

Model brain illustrating mental wellbeing and resilience
Crafts activity from Braintastic! Science workshop on science and creativity

Science and Creativity
Versions for Ages 7-16 | KS2, KS3, KS4

We are often told that we are either artistic or scientific, and that these are opposing abilities- but that is far from the case. For as long as people have been doing science, art has been a part of it- from drawing specimens under the microscope to using analogies to understand atoms. And science is intensely creative, needing the ability to dream up ideas about the world to solve unanswered science questions!


In this session, we introduce students to some of the ways in which art has inspired science, and science has inspired art. We investigate what is going on inside the creative brain, and how to tap into your own creative abilities, and develop them with practice, just like any other skill. Then we get hands-on, and students create their own piece of string-art inspired by the brain’s amazing ability to change, based on your experiences.

 

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Science Shows for Schools

Exploring topics from how memories are stored in the brain to the science of optical illusions and the senses, our content promotes curiosity and our expert presenters love answering kids’ science questions. They know their stuff too – all our Braintastic! Science presenters have a degree in neuroscience or psychology, helping us tackle difficult subjects like mental wellbeing in schools with confidence. Based on stories, interactive demos and hands-on activities our school science shows are memorable, engaging and most importantly, great fun with plenty of wow moments your students will be talking about for weeks!

Spectacular Science Shows

We offer science shows and workshops for KS1-KS4: from hands-on activities for smaller groups to headline stage shows packed with wow moments and interactive demos.

Our shows typically last 45mins, allowing time for Q&A within an hour's slot, but can be adjusted to suit your timetable. We tailor all our content for different age groups, adding more detail for older students, with appropriate curriculum links. And our expert presenters ensure they always pitch the content at the right level for your students.