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Engaging the public with sports science

Dr. Marco Cardinale

March 5, 2012 12:03 pm

Endorsed by Sir Steve Redgrave, In the Zone aims to engage young people and the general public with the science of how their body works during sport, exercise and movement. I was involved as a member of the advisory group to define the experiments and kit and provide ideas and advice on the interactive touring exhibition. It was a true multidisciplinary effort with experts from a variety of fields from education to textile technology to art. I think the result is amazing and I hope many schools will contact the Wellcome trust to receive the FREE educational kits (you can see them below).

Make sure you visit the website http://www.getinthezone.org.uk/ with all the information about this project as well as details on how to obtain the free kits for your school and the dates of the touring exhibition.

Primary School kit – credits The Welcome Trust

Primary School kit – credit: The Wellcome Trust

The initiative will send free science investigation kits for every primary school, secondary school and further education colleges in the UK.

Secondary School kit

Secondary School kit – credit: The Wellcome Trust

For primary schools

Download the Curriculum Planning Guide - ages 4-11.

Brilliant Bodies (ages 4-5) 
Investigate balance and find out about different parts of the body.

Stupendous Steppers (ages 5-7) 
Explore how quick off the mark you are and how many steps you take to do different activities.

Super Athletes (ages 7-9) 
Discover whether having longer legs helps you to jump further.

Heart Beaters (ages 9-11) 
Find out the effect exercise has on your body and what affects recovery.

For secondary schools and colleges

Download the Curriculum Planning Guide - ages 11-19.

On Your Marks…Get Set…Breathe! (ages 11-14) 
Discover how exercise affects your breath and your breathing rate.

From Strength to Strength (ages 14-16) 
Explore the strength of your muscles and discover how they are used during movement.

I've Got the Power (ages 16-19) 
Investigate how the cardiovascular system adapts during different exercise or sports.