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Stage 6 Working Scientifically

NSW Stage 6 Working Scientifically

Mindz will guide classes through a 90-120 minute scientific exploration using EEG headsets we provide (up to 2).

The session is based around group scientific investigation, not lecture and presentation. After a 15 minute introduction, students will design an investigation and then collect, analyse and evaluate data following scientific method. They will then communicate this information to a specific audience.

For those new to science
If you have students new to the sciences, designing their own research project can be daunting. We offer an additional ‘practice session’ where students are guided through a research task using scientific method and our EEGs. This is a very step by step session which may not be suitable for advanced science students.

Outcome Points: (relevant to all the sciences)
11/12-1, 11/12-3, 12-5, 1/12-6, 12-7, 11/12-2,

Group size: We can cater for up to 20 students in a research session. However, we only supply 2 x headsets and 2 x laptops for up to 10 students to use. Schools with more than 10 students in the session need to provide laptops or tablets for extra groups. They will  also need to purchase 1 x headset per extra group at the cost of $214. We provide training and notes on their use. Most schools find these invaluable for use in further investigation or teaching students how to find their ‘learning state’.
Cost:
$480 + gst for a single session or $570 with practice session added
Session length:
90120 minutes (180 minutes with practice session)
Space required:
Large presentation area or classroom
Equipment required:
Data projector and large screen TV, proximity to power points
What we provide:
2 x EEG headsets, 2 x  laptops, research stimuli, worksheets.

Full secondary school summaries and costs: Click HERE
To book or inquire, see below

Education Authorities sometimes treat the spelling of 'Mindz' as spam. This is why we ask for a 2nd non-school email address. Please allow email from us (mindz.com.au) in your school email settings and check your junk/spam box in case our reply has ended up there. We don't share any email addresses with 3rd parties.
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NSW STAGE 6 Investigating science

FACT or FALLACY?

Fact or Fallacy is strictly for Investigating Science Students.

Fact or Fallacy  Students will conduct a series of mind-based EEG experiments to prove Fact or Fallacy on several common beliefs. A common belief is that lying down helps a person relax and creates ‘Theta’ brainwaves. Another belief is that heavy metal music creates ‘Beta or Gamma’ waves and cannot help a person relax. The session investigates these beliefs using our EEG headsets to see if they fit into the areas of Fact or Fallacy.  We train the students on EEG use.

This investigation is different to the ‘Working Scientifically‘ session in that students don’t design their investigation. All guidance is supplied. For the full session outline, click HERE.

Outcome Points: (relevant to all the sciences)
11/12-1, 11/12-3, 12-5, 1/12-6, 12-7, 11/12-2

Group size: We can cater for up to 20 students in a research session. However, we only supply 2 x headsets and 2 x laptops for up to 10 students to use. Schools with more than 10 students in the session need to provide laptops or tablets for extra groups. They will  also need to purchase 1 x headset per extra group at the cost of $214. We provide training and notes on their use. Most schools find these invaluable for use in further investigation or teaching students how to find their ‘learning state’.
Cost:
$480 + gst for a single session
Session length:
90120 minutes
Space required:
Large presentation area or classroom
Equipment required:
Data projector and large screen TV, proximity to power points
What we provide:
2 x EEG headsets, 2 x  laptops, research stimuli, worksheets

To inquire or make a booking, see below…

Education Authorities sometimes treat the spelling of 'Mindz' as spam. This is why we ask for a 2nd non-school email address. Please allow email from us (mindz.com.au) in your school email settings and check your junk/spam box in case our reply has ended up there. We don't share any email addresses with 3rd parties.
This is important. It can be a school number or personal mobile. We don't share it with 3rd parties.

 

Mindz Experiences in Sydney Top 10

It took us just over a year but the Sydney ‘Journey inside your Brain’ Experience has been ranked by AirBnb as number 7 in the top 10 Sydney Experiences.

Our experience differs greatly from other experiences in that it doesn’t showcase the beauty of Sydney or give a ‘physical’ experience like bush-walking, snorkeling or kayaking. It does take guests inside a 19th century Aussie pub for the experience and guests do love the irony of exploring their brain while having a beer!

We find 50% of our guests are locals or interstate visitors who want something a bit different or who are just interested in health, mindfulness and what makes them tick.

So far we’ve had 650 guests and over 200 5-star reviews. Special thanks to the AirBnB people for taking the risk on our ‘totally different’ experience and the hundreds of guests who’s stories and sense of humour never cease to amaze me.

Phil
Sydney Experience Host

#alco_off_365

As the founder of Mindz Brainplay, I decided if anyone was going to be the guinea pig to assess the impact of a year without alcohol on the adult brain it should be me.  I created the hashtag #alco_off_365 so that anyone can join me in my ‘suffering’ 🙂 or post a comment on their own experience.

Mind you, this decision wasn’t easy. Two glasses of red with dinner most nights was standard. On weekends this might extend to three or four.

It’s also true I have a family history of dementia with my father having Alzheimer’s for seven years before he died. We know that alcohol induced dementia is common, yet there’s far more dementia patients who’s moderate drinking was not a cause. Many dementia patients have never touched the sauce.

How then, can a full year without alcohol impact the mature adult brain that’s used to moderate daily lubrication? At 63 years old, my brain is a little past its prime, yet certainly nowhere near it’s use-by date. I hope.

How will I assess my year?
As a citizen scientist and educator with an interest in both research based and story-oriented learning, I decided to evaluate my 365-day alcohol-free brain-shift both quantitatively and qualitatively. In other words, I did some basic tests, and also recorded how I felt as the year went on. I also recorded weight and exercise patterns.

For quantitative results, I took three tests before and after my booze-free year. These test are free and all online. I wanted to take tests that were quick and easy for anyone. Not laboratory quality, but indicative. For the tests and my first results…

1. The Short Term Memory Test from ‘Memory Health Check’. I did the Memory Test Challenge with animal pictures to score 72% with a 951ms response time. With the nature pictures I scored 72% with a 958ms response time.  Safe to say I scored an average 72%. Not great. Click HERE for the tests.

2. Food for the Brain Cognitive Function Test. I scored 50 which means I was above the norm for my age. A good thing. The test can be taken HERE.

3. Test my Brain Cognitive Speed test. I scored fairly poorly in this with:
⇒ 7.67 in the Fast Choice test (below average for age)
⇒ 6.75 in the Flickering Dot test (below average for age)
⇒ 30.42 in the Fast Reactions Test (above average for age)
The test can be found HERE.

Read more

For qualitative results, I noted my observations before stopping alcohol and then every month according to these criteria:
⇒ How did I physically feel on a scale of 1-10 + description?
⇒ How was my social life on a scale of 1-10 + description?
⇒ How did I feel on waking up on a scale of 1-10 + description?
⇒ Did I regard my memory and cognitive function as worse, same or better?
⇒ Did I regard my sleep as worse, same or better?

For my observations before stopping, click HERE.

Feel free to follow, join, comment or contribute to the Facebook page at Alco-off-365 or click HERE.

 

NSW Stage 6 Biology

Infectious and Non-Infectious diseases of the brain
Our standard presentation has been adjusted to not only give students the full EEG Mind Control experience, but focus on infectious and non-infectious diseases of the brain.

For module 7, teachers choose one or two of the following three diseases as our focus.
⇒ Meningitis
⇒ HIV associated neurodegeneration

Content focus: The treatment, prevention and control of infectious disease both locally and globally. The study of the human immune system and its response to infectious disease. This includes:

  • Modes of transmission
  • Transmission during epidemic
  • Types of pathogens and the body’s response to exposure
  • Adaption of the pathogens to assist host to host transmission
  • Symptoms, imaging and treatment

For module 8, teachers choose one or two  of the following three diseases as our focus.
⇒ Parkinson’s
⇒ Alzheimer’s
⇒ Epilepsy
⇒ Cardiovascular disease (whole-body related)

Content focus: Engagement with the study of non-infectious disease and disorders including causes and effects on human health. This includes technologies in treating the disease and the epidemiology of non-infectious brain disease. We include:

  • Causes and effects – genetic susceptibility and new research
  • Internal systems allowing homeostasis via neural pathways
  • Symptoms and imaging
  • Technology used in Treatment and management
  • Patterns of the disease in a population

A smaller section is dedicated to the brainwaves that aid information retention and release – vital for students doing the HSC. The entire session is 90 minutes.

Outcome Points
BIO 12-14: Analyses infectious disease in terms of cause, transmission, management and the organism’s response, including the human immune system:
BIO 12-15: Explains non-infectious disease and disorders and a range of technologies and methods used to assist, control, prevent and treat non-infectious disease:

Group size: Up to 60 students
Cost: $310 for a single session | $480 for a half day (2 x sessions)
Number of students actively involved: 8-10 students as ‘demonstrators’
Session length: 90 minutes
Space required: large presentation area or classroom
Equipment required: Data projector and large screen TV, proximity to power points
What we provide: EEG equipment
To book or inquire, see below …

Education Authorities sometimes treat the spelling of 'Mindz' as spam. This is why we ask for a 2nd non-school email address. Please allow email from us (mindz.com.au) in your school email settings and check your junk/spam box in case our reply has ended up there. We don't share any email addresses with 3rd parties.
This is important. It can be a school number or personal mobile. We don't share it with 3rd parties.

Brain Awareness Week 2019

Brain Awareness Week for schools occurs between the 11th and 17th March 2019. It’s the ideal time to focus on brain health and use the Mindz experience to engage and motivate students.
For Brain Awareness Week  we’ll be adding an extra 5 minute section on ‘neurogenesis’ – the growth of new neurons deep inside the brain. We’ll still be looking at the way neurons communicate and using our EEGs to look inside the brain of students.
To inquire about a visit to your school, fill out the form below and we’ll respond within 24 hours. We can only visit FIVE schools during Brain Awareness Week.

Newest brain research

August 2019
Does Multi-tasking exist?
BBC Science: Click HERE

July 2019 (c)
How to escape the multi-modular brain state created by modern work
BBC Science: Click HERE

July 2019 (b)
Alzheimer’s Disease explained simply
Live Science: Click HERE

July 2019 (a)
The future of brain-computer interfaces
BBC Science: Click HERE

June 2019
Artificial intelligence helping find active neurons
Duke University and Eureka Alert – Click HERE

May 2019
Neurogenesis and exercise in the treatment of Alzheimer’s?
Nature Journal – Click HERE

April 2019:
Advances in Deep Brain Stimulation show promise.
Science Daily – Click HERE

March 2019:
Gut bacteria and mental health: the evidence increases.
Nature Journal – Click HERE

February 2019:
Does Micro-dosing improve Mood and Performance?
Neuroscience News – Click HERE

A wine each day keeps alzheimers away https://www.alzinfo.org/articles/moderate-drinking-reduce-alzheimers-risk/
Being in Theta: The Benefits of Autopilot sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/1…
Brain and Health brainandhealth.com/brain-waves
Brain Injury Australia: Measuring Concussion in Sport braininjuryaustralia.org.au/reso…
Brainwaves explained scientificamerican.com/article/w…
Brainworks brainworksneurotherapy.com/what-…
Could this explain our unique intelligence? sciencealert.com/human-excitator…
Exercise and the Brain: John Ratey johnratey.com
Exercise and the recipe for neurogenesis qbi.uq.edu.au/brain/brain-diseas…
Got an itch? Blame your brain. sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/1…
Know your Neurons blogs.scientificamerican.com/bra…
Modular v non-modular brains sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/1…
More on the left and right brain myth npr.org/sections/13.7/2013/12/02…
Neurogenesis and exercise psychologytoday.com/blog/the-ath…
Psychedelic drugs in the treatment of depression neurosciencenews.com/psychedelic…
The Herpes virus and its link to Alzheimer’s sciencealert.com/there-s-mountin…
The modular brain ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PM…
The Rosehip Neuron livescience.com/63441-new-brain-…

A 'Journey into your brain' Sydney Bookings open!

Our ‘Brain Journey’ 2-hour experiences are now in the top 10 Sydney experiences with over 500 people taking the journey in 2018.
Now you can book your session directly through our booking site – TryBooking. 
We provide a beer, wine or soft-drink, snacks and the full2-hour experience for up to 6 people at The Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills. It’s ideal for those wanting a taste of neuroscience without the jargon; an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world.
The experience also suits those wanting to see how a session would work in a classroom or corporate setting. It’s educational and more fun than your brain can handle.

Fact or Fallacy?

An Investigating Science Research Session

♦ Does listening to heavy metal music really stop relaxation?
♦ Does chocolate really help you feel good and calm down?
♦ Is laughter really the best medicine?

By using our EEG headsets, students investigate whether these beliefs are actually true, partially true or completely false. We provide the headsets, the guidance and the worksheets while students undertake a 90 minute group investigation where all members get to use the equipment and have their brain analyzed.
Groups also look at the variables involved, the validity and the ways the experiments could be improved. They will also individually look at the relevance of their investigation for society and do a short quiz so you can see their level of engagement.
Sessions limits
We can take up to 25 students in a session and as group experimentation is involved, a reasonable space should be set aside so that the activity from groups doesn’t disrupt others.

The cost of the session is $380 – less if booked as part of a full-day incursion. We need 75 minutes prior to the session to set up headsets and laptops. All headsets, headphones, and up to 2 x laptops are supplied.
For the full description of all session outlines including Fact or Fallacy, click HERE
To inquire or make a booking click HERE