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About Us

Founded in 2022, The Brain Workout Academy Inc. successfully delivered more than 1,200 in-person youth experiences in Palm Beach County, Florida, and more than 1,000 youth experiences to youth and their families virtually via zoom. We specialize in delivering fun and engaging STEM classes designed for youth in grades 3-8 during OST (Out-of-School-Time).

Our goal is to foster the development of the following 21st Century skills: teamwork, communication, perseverance, critical thinking, and self confidence through STEM activities. We believe in the power of character development to shape the next generation of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians.

Our program combines logic, engineering, mathematics, geometry, and brain games, in a fun and engaging way through STEM collaboration and competition.


Why Work With Us

  • The Brain Workout Academy Inc. is a registered corporation in Florida, licensed and insured with comprehensive coverage including General Liability and SAM (Sexual Abuse and Molestation) protection of $2M. 

  • We are a proud  provider of STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) enrichment programs via Prime Time/CSC in Palm Beach county, Florida since 2022. 

  • Our curriculum was developed by Dr. Hagit Sela aka Dr. Kate, former Professor at UMD and UF who has over 25 years of experience in teaching, curriculum development, and teacher training in the U.S.A. and internationally.

  • Our instructors are highly experienced school teachers, experts in STEM teaching. They undergo thorough training to ensure the best learning experience.

  • Children's safety is our top priority, and our instructors undergo rigorous background checks to provide parents and directors with peace of mind.

  • The Brain Workout Academy curriculum is aligned to Florida Learning Standards.

About Dr. Kate

Dr. Hagit Sela aka Dr. Kate, is the founder of The Brain Workout Academy. Her rich experience in mathematics education as well as her love for people brought her to develop programs that help students unleash their mind's full potential. 
Dr. Kate has a strong educational background, with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Special Education, as well as Master's and Doctorate degrees in Mathematics Education. 

Dr. Kate is former professor at both the University of Maryland and the University of Florida, as well as a research assistant at Florida State University.

Dr. Kate demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in teaching, curriculum development, and professional development facilitation for over 25 years. She has been working with hundreds of students, teachers, and administrators and developed math curricula and assessment in United States and Internationally. 

In Florida, Dr. Kate led teacher professional development sessions in 30 middle schools in Palm Beach and Broward school districts through Lastinger Center’s and SRI’s math project - SunBay, a technology-enhanced math curriculum, with a focus on Title 1 schools.


Throughout her career Dr. Kate noticed that numerous students tend to memorize information rather than engaging in critical thinking. It seems that some individuals may find comfort in memorization because it provides a sense of certainty and familiarity. Memorization can be useful in certain situations, such as when learning basic facts or formulas. However, critical thinking plays a crucial role in problem-solving, decision-making, and understanding complex concepts. Critical thinking also develops our brains. When we engage in critical thinking, our brains are actively involved in processing information, analyzing data, making connections, and evaluating evidence. This mental activity stimulates various regions of the brain, promoting neural growth and strengthening existing neural pathways. Promoting critical thinking can help individuals become more adept at reasoning, analyzing information, and applying knowledge in practical contexts. It is through critical thinking that innovative ideas emerge, complex problems are solved, and new discoveries are made.

Moreover, engaging in critical thinking is fun! It involves immersing ourselves in captivating, purposeful, and enjoyable activities. Witnessing the sparkle in the eyes of my participants as they engage in these activities is truly rewarding. They connect with their peers, they are playful, and they lose track of time. This is exciting! Click here to see photos that show how fun learning looks like. 

Dr. Kate developed the Brain Workout Academy’s curriculum with a goal to focus on mind-stimulating activities and social interactions. As such, the classes develop confidence, perseverance, and a love of learning. 

Dr. Kate is excited to share her knowledge and experience helping her students reach their full potential. Dr. Kate believes that being mentally and physically active at any age is key to a fulfilling life.

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