Dementia charity hopes to inspire new generation of researchers with KS3 learning programme

A leading dementia research charity is hoping to inspire the next generation of researchers through a new key stage 3 learning programme.

Alzheimer’s Research UK has developed Brain Box, which aims to teach 11 to 14-year-olds more about how the brain works, how it’s affected by dementia, and what researchers are doing to tackle it.

Supporting the science curriculum, the programme provides teachers with materials such as videos, case studies and games they can integrate into their lesson plans, focusing on students’ scientific enquiry skills.

The resource also aims to help pupils to develop skills in experiment planning, development, analysis and evaluation to give them a taste of what a career in scientific research might be like.

Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research, said: “We know that so many children feel the impact of dementia, but less than a third of parents would be confident explaining dementia to their kids.

“We’re lifting the lid on this potentially scary topic and helping young people to develop their own ideas about how research can tackle it.”


Featured picture: A researcher at Alzheimer’s UK in Southampton

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