Art and science come together in neural knit-work challenge
5 Mar 2018
Perse pupils have been putting their knitting skills into practice as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.
Students from Year 7 to Upper Sixth took part in a worldwide project to create textile neurons.
The project aims to encourage young people to understand the benefits of artistic activities, such as knitting and crochet, as a means to improving the health of their brain.
Students learned how following scientifically informed patterns can help forge new neural pathways in the brain, which has lifelong benefits.
The Neural Knitworks initiative is based on the principle that yarn craft, with its mental challenges, social connection and mindfulness, helps keep brains fit and healthy while promoting a sense of calm, which is good for relaxation and stress reduction.
Sophie Weeks, who runs an art and science soiree in Cambridge, says that running such workshops is a very effective means of engaging young people in cutting edge neurological research. Listen to Sophie to find out more.
The Cambridge Schience Festival runs from 12-25 March 2018. Find out more here.
Find information about Neural Knitworks at the Cambridge Science Festival here.