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The creator and administrator of Mindz Brainplay - a first for Australia and the first to take neuro-science to the street, the pub or your lounge-room.

Year 5 and 6 STEM

The Mindz STEM experience isn’t just for years 7-10. Late primary school students can also gain an understanding of how their brain works, the fundamentals of mind control and brain health. We can visit your school for 60-90 minutes, a half day or a full day to engage your students in STEM activites that will leave them wanting more.

We’ll supply you with teacher information and can provide cost effective equipment for ongoing brain investigation.

Our experience is that year 5 and 6 students are fully capable of understanding the concepts and being motivated by the Mindz experience. As a matter of fact, students in years 5 or 6 are far better at using mind control and mind gaming than teenagers or adults.

The Mindz Experience fits alligns with state based science syllabus outcome points.

For more information or to ask about available dates, complete the form below and we will respond within 24 hours. Please include an alternate email address as some school servers thinkthe spelling of ‘Mindz’ is spam.


Years 7-10 STEM

Immersive, innovative, motivational education

For an outline of our sessions according to stage, click HERE
For costs and syllabus points (NS W), click HERE.

Mindz Brainplay is the perfect motivational session for schools wanting to build their years 7-10 focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Some Stage 4 and 5 syllabus documentation includes:

* Stages 4 & 5: Working Scientifically
* Stages 4 & 5 Life Skills
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Stages 4 & 5 Visual design (Wearable technologies)

We visit schools throughout Sydney and Regional Areas. Our lead presenters are all trained teachers while specialist presenters are advanced science university students with a specific interest in neuroscience and communication. All presenters have their Working with Children clearance.

They – the students themselves will be actively involved. THEY will use the headset. THEY will see inside THEIR brain and THEY will use their brain power to control gaming characters. They can even witness a ‘brain challenge’ between two students who only use their mind power to score points. It’s immersive, innovative, motivational education.

In practice
Our EEG headsets can be used to help disabled people undertake tasks they’ve never been able to do such as moving prosthetic limbs, driving their wheelchair independently or switching on the TV. Brain control of devices is no longer in the realm of science fiction, but is here right now. When students see this in action, an entire new20160213_193341 world opens up.

Evaluation
If teachers require an assessment of the students’ retention and understanding of key concepts used in the session, MINDZ BRAINPLAY can provide that. Using their own smartphones, tablets or laptops, students enter our ‘room’ in the Socrative App to complete either a short 10-minute or longer 20-minute quiz. A class spreadsheet and individual student reports are then emailed to the teacher at the end of the day.

We can offer large assembly hall productions or sessions for smaller year or class groups and guarantee an informative and entertaining session in whatever format is chosen.socrative

For more information or to ask about available dates, complete the form below and we will respond within 24 hours. Please check your spam/junk folder for our reply as some school email servers are interpreting the spelling of ‘Mindz’ as overseas spam.

 

Dogs and brainwaves

During Neuroscience in the Pub on November 7, we put the EEG on Albert – a friendly and very patient 3-year old Groodle (Golden Retriever x Poodle) . 20161107_191401

Getting a signal through all that fur wasn’t easy but he eventually stood still long enough for quite a solid signal to register on our brain visualiser.

The result? Albert had brainwaves the same as we do yet not every type of brainwave was evident. Albert showed lots of Theta waves (brown/orange) which is a very relaxed and quiet, focused wave in humans. He had a tiny amount of beta (pink – concentration) and some Gamma (white – excitement). Mainly though, Albert showed waves within the 4-7Hz range depicting deep focus – almost meditative. See the video by clicking HERE.

Albert's brain. Lots of brown (theta) shows a fairly relaxed pup
Albert’s brain. Lots of brown (theta) shows a fairly relaxed pup

However, these brainwave interpretations are for humans – not dogs. It’s a long stretch to interpret canine brainwaves using the same system. Or is it?

Stanley Coren, a behaviorist from the University of British Columbia has spent years researching doggie brainwaves and emotions. His conclusion is that canine brainwaves are very similar to humans and their brain displays the same chemical reactions ours do. Read the full article HERE.

Thanks to Sam and Rochelle for bringing Albert in for his brain scan and we believe Albert will be leading workshops in meditation technique soon.

Meditation made easy with MUSE

Firstly, we can’t buy the MUSE for any cheaper than you can, but if you buy by clicking a link from here we will earn a small commission. We have experience with MUSE, and recommend them because they are easy to use single purpose meditation helpers, not because of the small commission we make if you decide to buy something.

Why do we like the MUSE Headband?

Click the image above for more info
  1. It doesn’t promise the world. The science behind MUSE is simple but sound. It doesn’t over-promise to measure all brainwaves – just the waves in an overactive versus restful mind.
  2. The cost is comparatively reasonable. Our headsets and software are over $1200. At around $350 inc. delivery MUSE is not cheap but worth it for those struggling with relaxation.
  3. Simplicity of use. This is important for individuals trying to meditate more efficiently without being too techie.
  4. It has good scientific and user reviews. Click HERE for a scientific review or HERE for an Australian user review.

Overall, MUSE is a good meditation guide that provides end of meditation feedback without the fuss. We can’t buy this for any cheaper than you can so just click on the image above or simply visit InteraXon