Donders teaching kit
Learning about the brain! Lieneke Janssen- Neuroscientist
We are scientists and the work we do is fantastic. But it is such a shame that science receives little attention in primary school education. This might lead us to overlook the little scientists amongst us. Nienke – Primary school teacher
Yes, it’s true. Science lessons are very difficult to find. Of course, you can download all sorts of learning materials but the challenge is to determine which ones have accurate information. Margriet van der Ploeg – Primary School Director
Here at primary schools, we prepare children for the future. When it comes to learning this is only possible when we use our brains. The brain, the magnificent organ. Without your brain you can’t do anything. Why shouldn’t we teach children to make the most out of their brain? This knowledge is what we want to give to our children. In the last few years, I have seen more children in my class feeling overwhelmed. They feel pressured or stressed but don’t understand why or how these feelings and mental states come about. However, the children are interested in learning more about them and how to deal with them. It is important that the new generation learns how to make good use of their brain, and as neuroscientists we can contribute to this. The kit contains games, puzzles, and stories. This makes learning fun and attractive. We designed this kit with teachers from France, scientists at the Donders Institute and the non-profit organization ‘Cogni-Junior’. This kit is created by the university which is great because it comes from a credible scientific source. You know that the materials developed for the kit contain the right information. The whole kit is available digitally. You can quickly and easily place it on the digital teaching screen, and you don’t need to make copies for the class. The children are attracted to the kit because it is dynamic and visually stimulating. Not to mention, the kit is free, and for us teachers that is a real bonus. Yes, I would like to become a scientist, because then you will know what’s going on inside you. Well, because then, I get to know how my own brain works. That it contains neurons and also that there are ‘fireworks’. Yes, because I also want to become a scientist when I grow up.