Brain Adventure

Brain Adventure

by zocham | updated January 31, 2019

This project aims to educate kids between 8 to 12 years old on the learning process and on the growth mindset. Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck has demonstrated that teaching students about how their brains work—in particular, that the brain is plastic and can develop new capacities with effort and practice—makes a big difference in how constructively kids deal with mistakes and setbacks, use mistakes as feedback for their progress and remain motivated they are to persist until they achieve mastery. Therefore we decided to create an immersive experience where children can learn about the brain and how they learn. The kids enter inside a giant brain where they’re challenged into different activities that make them experience the learning brain and understand the importance of effort and how failing is an essential component of the learning process. Indeed, contrary to what’s been done in the subject to demonstrate the concept of learning brain, which has mostly been exhibitions or animations, we intend for children to engage with the concept and feel it themselves, not just see it. Therefore, we have decided to present it in a more tangible and interactive manner. For this reason, and to explicitly demarcate a learning space, we have decided to construct a dome to represent a brain, filled with activities to consciously feel learning brain in action.


Surface: 12m²

Surface couverture: 22,3m²

Volume: 15,6m3

Diameter: 3,91m

Radius: 1,96 m = 6.52 feet

Height: 1,96m   

Frequency 2

26 connectors

65 segments



  • 41 PVC pipes of 2m, diameter: 3.2 cm

  • 1 PVC pipe of 2m, diameter: 8 cm

  • 32 connectors 3.2 cm



  • Saw 30 pips of 1m

  • Saw the pipes of 2m in 3 parts of 60cm each (20 cm left each)

  • With the connector, link 2 pips of 60 cm together

  • Creation of the big connectors:

    • Saw the PVC pipe of 80 cm with the length of 60 cm

    • Drill holes of 3.2 cm diameter

      • 4.2 cm between the holes for the 6 stars connectors

      • 5.6 cm between the holes for the 5 starts connectors

      • 4.2 cm between the holes for the 4 starts connectors (like for the 6 connectors because all the 4 will be on the floor) 

  • How to connect the pipes with the connector?

    • Put all the pipes in the connectors to see how they fit.

If they don’t go in use a special polishing machine to smoothen or enlarge your holes

  • Leave the pipes inside the connectors and with an electric drill pierce a hole in the pipes that go all the way so that you have two holes (the drill goes all the way through the pipes). The holes have to be in the part of the tube that goes inside the connector.

  • Repeat the same procedure but pierce in the part outside the connector

  • Use zip ties that go from the holes on the inside part to the holes on the outside part and close them (see pictures)

  • Assemble all parts together as seen on the picture




We would like to construct a stronger dome and that is easily transportable, do you have an idea about how we can do that?
January 30, 2019 at 2:51 PM
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The construction of the game "Foot Piano" has been made in 3 steps: 

- The building of the structure of the foot piano 

The piano is made of different types of wood. There are two main components in the piano: the compartment of the electronic components and the piano keys. 

- The electronic part of the game 

For this part, a USB joystick board was used. It was connected to the software "Joy to key" in the laptop. Each piano key was linked to a letter of the keyboard and the letters were coding in "Joy to key". 

- The coding part of the game 

To code the game on the laptop, the software Stencyl was used. 

January 31, 2019 at 6:01 AM
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Foot piano frame

  • Creation of the frame:
    • Pine
    • 160*40
    •  Cut the pine in thinker piece of wood
    •  Polish them
    • Cut the middle plank to create a separation between the musical nodes and the part with the electronic USB [ the plank needs to be thinner to pass the wires on to it
    •  Put wood bracket to give more support to the separation plank



  •  Creation of the musical nodes (8): 
    • Cut pieces of wood 
    • Put 2 hinges per nodes at 1.5 cm of the side [the side of the hinges need to be precise edge of the plank. To be sure to be at the good place, one possibility is to create a pre-hole with a pointed tool
  •  Creation of the support of the button
    • Wood bracket: 6*6*2.2cm
    • Create the hole of the electronic button: diameter 3cm [diameter of our electronic buttons]
    •  Put 2 screws on the sides
    •  At the bottom: 
      • Dig a small pipe (conduit/hole) with a diameter of 3 cm [ to put the laminate]
      • Dig a deeper pipe but with the smaller diameter [to pass the wires underneath] 
      • Glue a piece of laminate [to close the hole and to be sure that the wires are not blocking under it]



  • To create a spring:
    • Use 2 clothespins that you put on the side of the button’ support [the goal is that when the plank touches the electronic button, it can go back up] 
    • Screw clothespins in the front and in the back [to avoid them to move]
  • Cut a plank to put at the back of the frame [it will be use as a support for the “support of the button”. You could either create a small one, only to put the support of the button or you can cut a big plank to create the bottom of the piano in the same time]
  •   Screw all the planks to be middle plank [screw the other part of the hinges]
  •    Drill the middle plank to create a path from the electronic box to the button
  •  Cut 3 planks to close the upper part [the parts that will have the wires and the electronic card 
  • Screw the two of the side but put hinges [with the same method for the middle one. This part will have to electronic part, it can be convenient to have easy access to it]
  •  Drill [thinckess of a finger] in the center of the plank in between [to help us to open it]
  •   Screw in the middle of the front [it will be easy to transport]

January 31, 2019 at 10:16 AM
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