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Building a Resilient Brain Workshop

Help your students understand mental wellbeing and resilience as they compete to build the sturdiest spaghetti tower in this hands-on wellbeing workshop.

The Spaghetti Challenge!

Ages 7-14 | KS2, KS3


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

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 wellbeing workshop covers the science of resilience and shares some mental health self-care techniques. During the session, students will build their own ‘resilience tower’ out of spaghetti and blue tac, to illustrate their mental wellbeing, and how to protect it. For KS2 we look at how to control the emotions while with KS3 we add topics like dealing with stress and anxiety at school and introduce common mental health conditions such as depression.


Students will take away their own ‘Resilience plan’, to help them boost their mental wellbeing, and ensure they are prepared for whatever life might throw at them.

  • How your brain is like a pile of spaghetti

  • The importance of bounce-backability (or resilience)

  • How to talk about your feelings

  • That some people need a little more help with their mental wellbeing

  • Practical steps you can take to enhance your mental wellbeing, and that of others

  • Caring friendships - how they make us feel happy and secure

  • Respectful relationships - how self-respect links to happiness

  • Physical health and mental wellbeing are interlinked

  • Mental wellbeing - including emotions, self-awareness and talking about your feelings

  • Why it’s important to talk about your feelings

  • How to recognise emotions

  • Why some people are more at risk for poor mental wellbeing
  • How to support others with kindness and compassion

  • Simple self-care techniques to nurture emotional wellbeing

  • Live in-person: 2 workshops for £495 
    Extra workshops on the same day: £95/workshop

  • Online / virtual workshop: £145/class

  • Our workshops can run for 30 or 45 minutes, whichever suits your timetable best.

  • They are designed to work for group sizes between 10-30, to allow group work, and plenty of time for discussion with our expert presenters.

  • Students will need to be seated at tables, in groups of around 5.

  • We will also need a screen to connect to our laptop, or a whiteboard/ flipchart we can write on.

  • We will provide all the materials needed for the workshop.

  • Interactive, engaging wellbeing workshop for schools grounded in the science of wellbeing

  • Perfect for PSHE lessons, drop down days and relationships education

  • Delivered by 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. 

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