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Brainstorm will tackle what we already know about the brain and how cutting edge technologies are changing this, using a mix of videos, discussion, practical activities, guest speakers, group and individual work. 

Join us in exploring some of the big ideas in neuroscience and unleash your brainstorm: 
  • How do we image the brain and can we see thoughts? 
  •  How do sleep and chemicals affect the brain? 
  • Bionic brains – how can we replicate senses and understand illusions?    

Learning Foci

Focus 1: How do we image the brain and can we see thoughts?
  • Introduction to the Nervous System
  • Previous techniques to tell what someone is thinking/lying.
  • Methods for Observing Brain Activity
Focus 2: How do sleep and chemicals affect the brain?
  • How do neurons communicate with each other?
  • How local anesthetics work
  • Exploring Neurotransmitters
  • How do drugs (illicit and pharmaceutical) work on receptors? 

Focus 3: Bionic brains - how can we replicate senses and understand illusions?
  • Introduction to senses & sensory tricks
  • Structure of the Eye/Receptor Cells in the Retina
  • How the Bionic Eye Works
  • Can we create the human experience in robots? 


Students will be required to complete on average 1 hour of homework per week for the duration of this course.


For successful completion of this unit students will be required to submit three assessment tasks. Students will also be assessed on regular attendance. 
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In this course, students will explore the world of fractals, multiple dimensions, irrational numbers and their relationship with the natural world, the mathematics of paper folding and topology, the nature of mathematics itself, as well as the complexities of infinity.

Frontiers of Physics

In Frontiers of Physics, students journey through the Universe where they explore the phenomenon of black holes, quasars, dark matter and dark energy. We discuss how stars, the solar system and other objects are formed and link this to the likelihood of life existing on these objects.


Bioinformatics explores how we use technology to understand DNA and genetic codes. Students will examine the structure and function of the cell, DNA and proteins, the development and uses of genetic technology.

Synchrotron Science

Captivating students’ personal interests and building from a highly accessible, first principles approach into the development of genuine understanding, Synchrotron Science will dive into the physics, properties and scientific applications of the synchrotron.


Nanotechnology is the study of the world at a scale that is larger than the atom but smaller than a bacteria. In this course, students will engage in a range of activities to gain an understanding of the nano-scale and establish the difference between bulk properties and nano scale properties.

Earth Science

Learn about the way Earth Science affects our everyday lives, including exploring concepts connected to meteorology, hydrology, seismology and geology, and their application to real-world data, problems and predictions.