Sphere shows the window to a child’s brain

The Sphere is a five-metre LED learning and teaching tool, and is the centrepiece of QUT’s new Education Precinct at Kelvin Grove campus.

If you’ve ever wondered why some young children find it difficult to manage their emotions and reactions, look no further than the brain – or if you’re at QUT’s new Education Precinct, the Sphere.

This semester, QUT opened its state-of-the-art $94 million Education Precinct on Kelvin Grove campus.

The Precinct’s centrepiece is the Sphere – a five-metre diameter LED globe suspended over two floors, complemented by a 4.8 metre wide interactive digital wall screen.

The first Sphere program was developed by QUT teacher education and early childhood researchers in collaboration with QUT’s Visualisation and eResearch (ViseR) team.

It demonstrates the importance of the early years in brain development and how everyday activities, play, games and reading fire activity in a child’s brain.

The atrium of QUT’s new education precinct with the sphere and digital wall screen.

As people interact with information on the digital wall screen, the Sphere becomes brighter and more animated – just like a human brain.

As an early childhood researcher and lecturer, I was part of the team to develop the brain program.

My research focuses on children’s development of self-regulation – so how children learn to control their emotions, attention and behaviour.

Approximately 30% of young children have problems with self-regulation, which can affect classroom learning and their transition to school.

Strong brain architecture builds most rapidly in the first five years of life through relationships, playing, and learning, and this will support children to have strong self-regulation.

As a Registered Music Therapist, I am interested in how music can be used to support children’s development.

Dr Kate Williams at the interactive touchscreen.

The way children move rhythmically provides a window to the brain, and we can use fun music activities to help boost brain development.

I developed a neurobiological-based rhythm and movement program to help educators use music and movement to stimulate self-regulation skills for young children.

I’m also leading a new QUT course led by me will show early childhood educators and primary school teachers how to apply the program in their classrooms.

This workshop will help educators and teachers understand underlying brain connections and give them the practical tool of rhythmic activities to help manage self-regulation and enhance their students’ learning outcomes.

Enrol now for Rhythm and Movement for Self-regulation course on 14 June at QUT Kelvin Grove campus.

 

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