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Schools across Lothians getBRAINY!

Every year since 2008, our Edinburgh Neuroscience team here at the University organise a series of getBRAINY school workshops, coordinated by Dr Jane Haley, Edinburgh Neuroscience Scientific Coordinator.


Volunteers at GETPROTECTED workshop
Volunteers at GETPROTECTED workshop

getBRAINY stands for get Busy Running Activities Inspiring Neuroscience in the Young and this is exactly what these workshops do! Created by Edinburgh Neuroscience for taking into schools and fitting in with the school timetable, these workshops cover different neuroscience-related topics aimed at different age groups.

In 2017, GetBrainy as a whole delivered 25 workshops on 13 school visits, to 676 pupils.



At the end of 2017, this one-hour and 10min workshop visited local schools to bring brain-related fun to the classroom, delivering eight workshops in five schools to 204 pupils at Linlithgow Bridge, Craigroyston, Kings Park, Woodburn and Lawfield Primary Schools.

It is aimed at Primary 7 school children and focusses on nerve connections in the brain. It takes you from chemical communication between brain nerve cells to the pruning back of connections that takes place as you mature from a child into an adult.

This workshop is a must for every child that is about to go through adolescence and involves a ‘create-a-neurone’ competition, with prizes awarded at the end of the workshop.


The whole workshop [getCONNECTED] was excellent - please come back next year!

P7 teacher, Cuiken Primary School

Other workshops in the series include, getPROTECTED, a workshop that focuses on the structure and function of the brain, getLOVING, a workshop for High School students studying ‘A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream’, focusing on the neurobiology of love in the play, and getREMEMBERING, a workshop for High School students covering the mechanisms by which the brain stores and retrieves information.

Find out more

If you would like to book a getBRAINY workshop for your school, simply email Edinburgh Neuroscience

Visit the Edinburgh Neuroscience website