Budding brain scientists

PUBLISHED: 10:31 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:20 02 June 2010

Intrigued pupils at Orchard School admiring their brain sculptures with Dr Lizzie Burns and (right) Anna Franz and helpers.

Intrigued pupils at Orchard School admiring their brain sculptures with Dr Lizzie Burns and (right) Anna Franz and helpers.

BUDDING brain scientists modelled their own colourful version of the organ in a workshop led by real-life scientists. These brainiacs from Orchards Church of England Primary School in Wisbech learned the functions of the brain in detail by building each s

Brain power from one of the pupils!

BUDDING brain scientists modelled their own colourful version of the organ in a workshop led by real-life scientists.

These brainiacs from Orchards Church of England Primary School in Wisbech learned the functions of the brain in detail by building each section in steps. They also found out how brain disease is diagnosed and treated.

"The brain particularly fascinates me," said Dr Lizzie Burns (SIC), a former Wisbech Grammar School pupil who ran the sessions.

"By taking part in this practical artistic activity, pupils will be able to explore many different parts of the brain.

"With neuroscientists on hand to answer their questions, we hope pupils will gain a real understanding of how healthy brains not only control our thinking, but also our movements, co-ordination, and how we see, hear, smell and make sense of the world."

Scientists from the University of Cambridge were also available to explain their work to youngsters.

Ten Fenland schools will take part in the workshops, organised by Cambridge University in the run up to Cambridge Science Festival.

Photographs of the brain sculptures will be exhibited on Saturday, March 15 in the Arts School, Downing Street, Cambridge.

The project was sponsored by NeuroNe, a research network of European Scientists working together on brain disorders.

# Over 120 events will be available at Cambridge Science Festival between March 10 and 20.

For more information, visit www.cambridgescience.org

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