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Your brain loves learning!

My love affair with science and the mysteries of the universe began as a 7-year old. A wonderful 70's TV show called "The Curiosity Show" was a melting pot of science experiments, fascinating toys, mathematical conundrums and mind-bending illusions. I owe much to show presenters Deane Hutton and Rob Morrison, because they ignited my passion not just in science, but also in math, puzzles, mystery, and illusion!

I graduated with an Honours Science Degree in 1989, and have spent much of my life working in laboratories of different kinds, along side some wonderful scientists. I have never forgotten the important role of wonder in science. I have learned that real science is a humble and open-minded process, an honest quest for truth. Real science is not the "science" presented as an all-knowing authority by the media.

Brain Spice is an educational resources supplier. We aim to be a much needed support for southwest teachers and home-schoolers, because quite frankly guys, you are all awesome. I have a deep respect for anyone who decides to take on the vastly important, incredibly challenging, and often thankless task of educating our children.

We also sell a wide range of puzzles, gadgets, models, science kits, magic tricks, books and tabletop games, assembled from across the planet. We aim to promote not just learning, but a hands-on exploration of our amazing world, as well as an appreciation of that incredible thing between our ears!

"We are bombarded with information every day. The ability to discern good information from bad is more important than ever."

I believe that science is for everyone. We are bombarded with information every day, and the ability to discern good information from bad is more important than ever. Real science is a personal voyage, and one that demands clear thinking, self-honesty, and humility. Real science separates fact from fiction, but it takes courage to question.

Everyone can be, and really needs to be, something of a scientist in today's world.

Our shop is very hands-on.... we want our customers to try out our puzzles and games, and see what they are buying first hand. If we haven't got what you want, please ask!

I believe our store is unique, and we have something to offer for all ages. If you are passing near Bunbury, perhaps take the time to swing by, visit us, and also explore our beautiful vibrant city!

Colin Scanlan
Owner / Manager



Colin Scanlan, owner and manager of Brain Spice, failing to duck under the counter quickly enough.