top of page

Am I Normal? science show 

In this interactive science show for schools we explore what exactly it means to be ‘normal’, and whether such a thing exists at all. We dive into statistics, genetics, evolution and brain plasticity as we discover the huge amounts of variability that exist in the human population – and perhaps how this impacts on biomedical research and discovery.

The amazing uniqueness of you

Ages 11-16 | KS3 KS4

Braintastic! Science amazing brain mascot Briony - with microphone
Braintastic! Science amazing brain mascot Briony - with microphone (hands up)

Throughout the show, volunteers will create two pieces of brain art using a pendulum, to illustrate the uniqueness of each of our brains. Though both pieces will start with the same raw materials, through a combination of randomness, luck and choices, we will end up with two very different brains- in the same way that our experiences and choices shape us throughout our lives.

We will finish by reinforcing that this variation is a good thing for society as a whole, and that our strength as a species lies in our differences. We will introduce the concept of neurodiversity, and the fact that we can all benefit from a diverse and inclusive society, where everyone embraces their quirks and traits, while supporting each other so we can all get the best out of our amazing, individual brains.

  • How scientists and mathematicians invented the idea of ‘normal’

  • How DNA affects your traits and behaviours

  • The impact of the environment on your brain and body

  • Why random chance means we can’t predict who you’ll turn out to be

  • The power of neurodiversity and celebrating our uniqueness

  • Genetics and evolution (KS3 biology)

  • Scientific method - sampling, simple statistical techniques (KS3)

  • Evolution, inheritance and variation (KS4 biology)

  • Mathematicians and scientists use averages & statistics to look at populations of people

  • There is no such thing as ‘normal’- we are all different and unique

  • Our brains are built from instructions in our DNA, but changed and shaped by the environment & our experiences

  • Neurodivergent people experience the world differently, but their experiences are just as valid as neurotypical people's

  • Society benefits when we support everyone to get the best out of their brains, celebrating their strengths and working together to solve problems.

  • Live in-person: £495 
    Extra shows on the same day: £145/show
    or add workshops at £95 each.  

  • Online / virtual show: £195/school
    Add live Q&A with a brain expert: £45
    For festivals/large audiences or multiple days please get in touch

  • The show runs for around 45 minutes, which means it fits well into a 50- or 60-minute timetable slot.

  • Our presenters love doing Q&A and are always happy to include this at the end of a show if time allows.

  • We will need: A screen and a microphone 

  • Interactive, engaging and fun science show for schools

  • Perfect science week activity, end of term treat or science assembly

  • Fabulous expert presenters with a background in brain science

  • Rave reviews from teachers, students and top science festivals


Thank you so much for coming down to do the science shows 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. 

bottom of page