Brain 1

How does your brain make decisions?
Recommended Grade Range : Grade 7-8

Enrollment will close on January 31st.


Real-Time Classroom : 600.00 USD
Non-Real-Time Classroom : 300.00 USD

What is the difference?

Start from 1st Feb 2020
Every Saturday
Duration: 3 months

  • 17:00 – 17:50 (GMT +9 in Japan)
  • 16:00 – 16:50 (GMT +8 in Singapore)
  • 13:30 – 14:20 (GMT +5.5 in India)
Entry Requirement
  • High proficiency in English communication
  • Graduate of 5th grade primamry school from an accredited school
  • Able to present academic ability in Biology through acheivements and grades

Course Overview


This three-month course explores the themes and ideas surrounding the enigmatic brain. This course will utilize the student’s skills to be objectively critical to the scientific progressions and setbacks of neuroscience.

Neuroscience has extended our knowledge on how we, humans, evolved with our decision-making skills and adaptation to challenges. In this modern age, broadening issues and questions about the brain greatly intertwine with our everyday lives. We will look at the brain research advances made throughout human history, as well as its cultural influences through multidisciplinary lenses, including an ethical lens. We will also study what are the important factors to start your own neuroscience research. The future of neuroscience is boundless, and the ideas and hypothesis to explore the brain is becoming more sophisticated and interdisciplinary as they influence our healthcare and society.

Our students will enter this course with fresh perspectives about the brain, which will be continuously challenged and cultivated. We will understand the numerous merits and possibilities of neuroscience research. The inquiries made by our students during this course will be developed into several comprehensive outputs using their innovativeness and creativity, among other core skills outlook.

Special Feature

Extensive inquiry-based research approach through innovation and creativity

Exercise core outlook skills (see Curriculum) to create solutions to problems through an interdisciplinary method of learning with biology specialists.

Learning Method

The course uses a range of teaching and learning methods, including inquiry-based research, team-based project outputs and consultations with an experienced biologist.

Coursework and Assessment

We will assess the student’s progress through:

  1. Weekly Research and Presentation Outputs
  2. Infographics Poster Presentation
  3. Core Project – Experimental Research

As part of the student’s education, we are inviting a distinguished principal professor to provide critical feedbacks and assessments of the student’s inquiry-based neuroscience project at the end of the course.

Course Unit List Sample

Unit List

Understanding Brain Power : How does a brain make decisions? (Using 10% of your brain/Evolution)

Historical Background of Brain Research : How to study the brain without the internet (Ancient Greeks to Renaissance/Technological Advances and the Obscure)

Cultural Influences of Brain : Down Syndrome Story (Attitudes towards people with Neurological Diseases) / Exerpt from “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” (Pop Culture )

Neuroethics : Signing for someone else’s healthcare Picture (Consent/Neuroforensics)

Research Struggles for Science Improvement : Sampling/Statistic Problem (Sampling) / Sell me this House (Disease marker variations)

The Grand Design of Cybenetics : Ghost in the Shell Clip (Implantations) / Van Gogh Painting (Virtual Reality)

Designing Neuroscience Research

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Academic and Career Aspirations

Our students are expected to have boundless and open curiosity with neuroscience which they will incorporate in their career aspirations in the following industries:

  • Research and Development such as neuroscientists, researchers and doctors
  • Health such as doctors, nurses and public health personnel
  • Technology such as biomedical engineers, computational biologists and bioinformatics
  • Engineering such as biomechanical and/or biophysics scientists
  • Business such as biotechnology company founders and innovators
  • Government such as biomedical policymakers and public health officials
  • Education such as academic professors, laboratory instructors and teachers
  • Creative Industries such as novelists, prose artists, filmmakers and creative art producers

Curriculum Design and Teaching

Jacob Labios

Jacob Labios received his Bachelor of Science in Biology (2013) at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines, and Master in Biological Sciences (2019) at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan. His initiative to learn beyond the fundamentals of science taught inside the classroom has led him to organize an institute-wide academic fair about notable sciences like stem cell research and research ethics. His goal was to educate and to push objective criticism on the merits and consequences of progressive sciences. He brought this inquiry-driven approach to learning in Nara. From 2017 to 2019, he co-designed and facilitated classes in molecular biology and immunology, and drove discourse to the core concepts and participant’s research goals. In 2019, he started teaching as an English and Drama Coach at Howmights School. Currently living in Osaka, Japan, Jacob aspires to be an educator to nourish the ideas, curiosity, and dedication of his students.