Secondary Schools

MNI Work Experience Program

The MNI is proud to run one of the most comprehensive and diverse science-based work experience programs for secondary school students in Australia. You will have the opportunity to work with a different researcher each day, covering disciplines as broad as engineering, neurology, clinical science, medicine, music, ethics, etc.

The MNI is proud to run one of the most comprehensive and diverse science-based work experience programs for secondary school students in Australia. You will have the opportunity to work with a different researcher each day, covering disciplines as broad as engineering, neurology, clinical science, medicine, music, ethics, etc.

Students have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a diverse range of neuroscience related research groups. The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute is committed to providing a secondary schools work experience program designed to:

  • contribute to the development of the skills of young people;
  • ease the transition of students into the workplace; and
  • demonstrate the wide variety of interesting careers available within neuroscience research.

Work Experience Program

The Melbourne Neuroscience Institute provides a diverse and fascinating program for Year 9 and 10 students seeking work experience. Students may visit any number of laboratories which could include bionics, neural engineering, disorder-based laboratories (Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, etc), imaging facilities, etc. Students will take part in varied activities, including dissections, experiments, and other hands-on activities, but also learn a lot about the scientific process, obtaining grants and science in the 'real-world'.

Application Process

DateAction
Tuesday 14 February 2017Please complete the survey monkey application - now closed.
Tuesday 22 February 2017Applicants advised of outcome of application.

Australian Brain Bee Challenge

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for high school students in year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.

The program was started in Australia in 2006 to address a number of deficiencies in the public's perception of science in general, and neuroscience in particular.

The ABBC provides current and accurate information on the latest advances in neuroscience research, its value to the community, and promote careers in science and technology.

2016 VICTORIAN STATE FINALS

The 2016 State Finals will be held on Wednesday 13 July 2016. The event will take place at the Melbourne Brain Centre, University of Melbourne (opens in new window) .

Students compete individually for the title of Victorian State Champion, with the winner going on to represent Victoria in the National Finals. In addition, schools with 4 or more students qualifying for invitation to Round 2 are invited to form a team of four finalists, competing in a fun event that sees schools battling it out in a test of neuroscience knowledge. Exciting prizes are to be won in both the individual and team competitions.

The day will include:

  • An individual challenge to determine the 2016 ABBC Victorian Champion
  • A team challenge
  • Tours of the Dax Centre Collection
  • The Cunningham Dax Collection consists of more than 15,000 artworks created by people who have experienced mental illness or psychological trauma.
  • Tours of the Harry Brookes Anatomy Museum 
    This museum is one of Australia's largest collections of real human tissue specimens and historical anatomical models, offering students and researchers a unique insight into the human body.

ENQUIRIES

Associate Professor Andrew Metha
Deputy Director, Melbourne Neuroscience Institute 
University of Melbourne
Email
ametha@unimelb.edu.au

Brain Facts

BrainFacts.org is dedicated to sharing knowledge about the wonders of the brain and mind, engaging the public in dialogue about brain research, and dispelling common "neuromyths".

The brain is the most complex biological structure in the known universe. At the website, visitors can learn about this extraordinary organ driving thought, behavior, perception, emotion, disease, and health.

Understanding brain development and health is important for everyone and BrainFacts.org provides a place for scientifically accurate, accessible information.

The website also serves as a great resource for educators and students of all ages, with a focus on providing teaching resources for primary and secondary teaching.

Featured resources include:

  • Key concepts about brain function; summaries of promising research discoveries; information about hundreds of diseases and disorders; and more.
  • Interviews and discussions with leading researchers.
  • Scientist-reviewed teaching tools for educators.
  • Multimedia tools and a social media community that will grow with the site.
  • Neuroscience news that's making headlines.