Dundee Science Centre has successfully bid for over £1.5m from the Inspiring Science Fund, a scheme that helps science centres to rethink what they do and what they offer to the public. One of the key elements is a whole exhibition dedicated to early years visitors that supports research into early years development. This was co-designed with the St Andrews Baby and Child (ABC) Lab in the School of Psychology & Neuroscience.
Our joint vision is to create a ‘Living Lab’ where parents and children interact with scientists. Watching studies and chatting with researchers can create a dialogue to help parents gain insights into the way child development research is conducted with children. Giving this kind of research ‘centre stage’ in the science centre enhances public understanding that the mind of a child is complicated and worthy of scientific study. With over 70,000 visitors a year, it is hoped that this exciting development, which will be completed in 2021, will help support advancements in the scientific field of child development.
Our award winning student-led outreach to teach neuroscience to pre-schoolers will take place at the university nursery over June 2018. Children will learn the basic neuroscience principles behind how we spatially navigate the world. We hope to create an early scientific interest using fun games, songs and engaging activities.
Brainy Bairns Wellbeing, our educational outreach programme to meet the Health and Wellbeing outcomes of the Scottish curriculum, will be in Cupar and Newport in Fife. We are delivering sessions over the month of April 2018 in the Little Beehive nurseries.
On Sunday 13th May 2018 ABC lab will showcase some of the games we use to reveal ways in which our thinking is similar to other primates, and ways in which it is different. Activities from 1pm to 3pm before the show at 3pm.
We are looking for babies for a new eye tracking study to be launched soon. If you are interested and would like to know more please email the coordinator Geraldine at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign-up to our database here and we will be in touch when the study starts.
Brainy Bairns Wellbeing, our educational outreach to meet the mental, emotional and social outcomes of the Health and Wellbeing Curriculum will be delivered to preschoolers in Rainbow Nursery, St Andrews on 5th,12th,19th December 2017. Check our Facebook Page for the latest updates on how we are using research-based interventions to teach children about wellbeing.
Professor Malinda Carpenter will deliver her inaugural lecture entitled ‘Our children’s social and prosocial development: The good news, the bad news and what we can do to help’. This lecture is open to the public and all are welcome. The lecture is in School 111, St Salvador’s Quadrangle, on Wednesday 27 September at 5.15pm.
The ABC lab will present some fun activities for children and adults to explore our research on how children think and learn at this year’s Explorathon event. Find us on the top floor at the event on 29th September in the Byre Theatre from 5.30pm – 9.00pm.