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10:00am-4:00pm on Saturday 2 April
12:00pm-4:00pm on Sunday 3 April

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University of Cambridge Admissions Office, New Museums site, Bene't Street, CB2 3PT

We have a hundred billion neurons in our brain. Get hands-on with the fascinating world of neuroscience! Activities include: making your own neuron; seeing what a ‘real’ neuron looks like using a mini microscope and your phone; holding and taking apart a life-size model brain; using a 3D brain app to zoom in on different parts of the brain; and designing your own ‘brain cap’.

The Cambridge Neuroscience Society (CamBRAIN) is a young-investigators’ society at the University of Cambridge dedicated to uniting all undergraduate, postgraduate, and post-doctoral members with an interest in neuroscience. CamBRAIN is part of Cambridge Neuroscience, the principal organisation linking neuroscientists across and outside the university.

CamBRAIN volunteers will host a hands-on interactive exhibit at the Cambridge Festival and plan to use this platform to promote awareness of the brain. Activities are aimed at children and young adults (aged 5+) but all ages will enjoy interacting with our neuroscience researchers. We plan to teach our visitors about the brain at the cellular and structural level, using hands on activities. In doing so, we hope to make a long-lasting impression on all our visitors and ultimately encourage them to pursue an interest in the brain!

Visitors will be offered the opportunity to create a model of a neuron using different coloured pipe cleaners and/or play dough.

Once, you have made a neuron, now see a real one! Using a microscope connected to a phone, our visitors will be able to view (pre prepared) slides which include sections of a human brain. Visitors will be able to view different brain regions as well as close up images of individual neurons. Researchers will be present to answer any questions and to explain the properties of specific neurons.

Visitors will be able to handle and dismantle life size brain models into their component parts and explore how all of the different parts connect using a 3-D brain app.

Finally, design your own brain hat to take home with you along with all your brain facts!

For more information about neuroscience at Cambridge, please visit: and follow us on Twitter @CamNeuro

Booking/Registration is: UNAVAILABLE

Additional Information

Age: All Ages
Format: Workshop
Timing: In person
Cost: free - booking required
Theme: Health
Accessibility: Step-free access, Full access, Accessible toilet

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