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Neurons is a safe online space that sparks creativity within children, helping them develop skills in creative subjects such as creative writing, photography, coding, art and music. These activities help develop essential skills such as analytical thinking and innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Neurons is the brainchild of the team behind the phenomenally successful community interest company 20Twenty Productions. 20Twenty Productions are a not for profit organisation that uses creativity and participation to engage and empower children and young people. 

Here is the Neurons team of Content Creators.

Creative writing

Katherine Nightingale

Hi, I’m Katherine. I am the CEO of 20Twenty Productions and just love offering creative opportunities to children and young people – whether face to face or online. I have, for many years now, lead our musical youth theatre programme. As a Youth Theatre Director, it is one of my biggest joys to see children and young people coming together to develop their performing arts skills and grow in confidence. As such I will be contributing to many of the Neurons topics, but my favourites will always be those that connect to musical theatre, so creative writing, music and the performing arts. That said, I encourage you all to try all of the many topics – we all have hidden talents, and hopefully Neurons will help you discover yours.

Stuart Swann

Hi, I’m Stuart. I am a learning designer, teacher and teacher trainer, that works with schools in the area of educational technology. I sit on the board of directors of 20Twenty Productions and have been involved in Neurons since its inception. My background and interest in educational technology has been very useful in writing some of the coding activities, and I especially love playing with and creating activities using Scratch. I am really excited to see the creative and playful ways in which young people get involved in the Neurons activities and the amazing things that they make and share.

Coding
Music

Tom Harlock

Hi, I’m Tom. I create the music activities. I have been a working musician since I was 15, playing in various bands and groups over the past 19 years. As well as performing, I also enjoy writing and composing music and songs with others. I do lots of this as part of music projects with 20Twenty Productions and I’m keen to have plenty of songwriting activities available through Neurons. Music really is all about emotion, it can transform your mood and is a great way of expressing yourself. Please sign up to Neurons and get stuck into some great activities. Don’t forget to share what you’ve created with us!

Marian Savill

Hi, I’m Marian, the Artistic Director for 20Twenty Productions and a freelance mixed media artist. I am passionate about giving children (and adults!) access to the arts via creative, expressive activities. In my personal arts practice, I play in the studio using different materials, techniques and approaches to learn more and express myself artistically. Creating Neurons activities is a lot of fun, and it’s very enjoyable to give children the same opportunities to actively explore and experiment as they learn and express themselves creatively.

Arts and crafts
Film

Gordon Parsonage

Hi, I’m Gordon. I create the video and filmmaking activities for Neurons. My role includes a great deal of filmmaking, which means I am able to create fun and relevant activities for you all to enjoy as much as I do creating them. As well as filmmaking I also enjoy different kinds of animation so keep your eyes peeled for these types of activities too. I hope you all have fun, happy filmmaking!

Max Louth

Hi, I’m Max, and I create the LEGO activities for Neurons. I really enjoy using LEGO as it can be used in so many different ways. Did you know six LEGO bricks can be put together in 915,103,765 ways? Yep, that’s a lot! This is why LEGO is so amazing as there are so many different ways to put together only a small amount of bricks. The Neurons activities will show just how much you can do with LEGO and how much of a good use of your time it is. So get playing and creating. Remember, Neurons will also help you build essential skills for the future, opening pathways to different careers.

LEGO
Dance

Alison Swann

Hi, I’m Alison. I trained as a dancer and teacher at Laban (now Trinity Laban) and am a Dance in Education Specialist with over 35 years of experience. I am a director of Dance Educates Ltd (www.danceeducates.co.uk), and I work with learners and teachers using movement as a multi-sensory approach to learning. I thoroughly enjoy thinking up creative dance opportunities for Neurons, and look forward to seeing what young people can create from the stimulus I give them and the dance vocabulary they learn as they progress through the activities.

Abby Pollock

Hi, I’m Abby. I have worked within the Arts and Culture sector for a number of years, both in the UK and overseas, while simultaneously graduating with a BA in Film and Media Studies to strengthen my knowledge and practical skills. With a primary interest within art and cinema exhibition, I am keen to showcase and guide other keen individuals. I believe it is increasingly valuable to strengthen young people’s skills in creative fields in the changing eras of job roles and careers which is exactly what Neurons promises to provide.

Film
Photography

Tim Nightingale

Hi, I’m Tim. I’m the Digital Director of 20Twenty Productions and help create many of the activities you can enjoy in the photography and coding sections. I used to work as a Creative Trainer for Apple, a web developer and app developer. My goal is to use these skills and experience to create great activities for you to enjoy in Neurons. I also found time to be a professional photographer and filmmaker. I can’t wait to see what you create and hope that you really enjoy every minute you spend in Neurons. Who knows, what may be play for you now may turn out to be an exciting career when you get older!

PARENTS, SCHOOLS AND EDUCATORS

Parents, Schools, Home Educators and Clubs if you want to know more about how Neurons can help inspire young people to be creative, build on their creativity and develop independent learning skills then jump to the sections written for you. If you need more information then get in contact with us, there is always a member of the team around to help.