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Your winner Alison wants to say a HUGE thank you!

Hello. First off, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for me to win ‘In the Zone’! I am incredibly happy to have won and I am really proud to have been chosen by all of you, out of all the amazing scientists who took part.   When I found out that ‘In the Zone’ would be all about the human body, I was doubly excited to be taking part, as I’m an osteoarchaeologist, which means I study human remains from history.   My live-chats were fast and furious and the forum questions were surprisingly tough (and numerous)… but it was so much fun! It was really exciting to talk with the students and their teachers. And it was especially fascinating to see what kinds of questions everyone was interested in asking, as they ranged from curiosity about the tiniest cells in the human body … Continue reading

Posted on July 17, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

7 – 11 Zone student winner!

Throughout the 11 weeks In the Zone, students have been actively asking questions and having high energy live chats and now it’s time to say well done to the student winner! Moderators and scientists have nominated students who asked loads of interesting questions and engaged really well in live chats and comments. The winner gets a £20 WH Smiths voucher and a certificate. We’ve also listed the runners up, who also participated really well.   And the student winner is: Ayesha3!   For asking lots of great questions and participating actively! Some of our favourite questions include: “Why do East Africans win lots of endurance races? Why do people of West African descent win sprint races?” And “How do parents and where you were born affect your chances of being an olympian?“ Runners up: blondiecheeselover and grafitipig       A big thanks to all the students for asking so … Continue reading

Posted on July 16, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Congratulations to the WINNER!

We’re at the end of 10 high energy, heart pumping weeks In the 7 – 11 Zone. Students’ and scientists’ minds and bodies have definitely been in motion, with students asking over 700 questions on running, athletics, strength and speed. And now it’s time to announce the winner! Congratulations to… Alison Alison has won the £500 prize to spend on science engagement. She plans to buy equipment and pay for the running costs of a regular online science podcast. She might even include some of your questions in her podcast…    Thank you! We owe a big thank you to all the scientists who have taken part In the Zone. You’ve all be great sports, answering hundreds of student questions and taking part in live chats. You’ve all helped make In the Zone a success and it’s been lots of fun. As one student said: “If you could only be here to … Continue reading

Posted on July 13, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Vote NOW for who you want to win!

It’s the final countdown! At 1.45pm this Friday we’ll be announcing the 7 – 11 Zone WINNER who’ll be taking home the £500 prize to spend on science engagement. This is your last chance to vote for your favourite scientist!   Who will it be? Miranda Armstrong – dedicated, creative, sporty     Helen O’Connor – organised, impatient, talkative     Gavin Devereux – understanding, calm, friendly     Alison Atkin – energetic, curious, geeky      Amy Evans – determined, passionate, energetic       Your vote decides!  

Posted on July 12, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

The FINAL scientists In the Zone are…

The last 10 weeks In the 7 – 11 Zone have been pretty intense. With 722 students having 52 ‘buzzing’ live chats and asking over 700 weird and wonderful questions. Students and scientists have been exploring minds and bodies in motion, getting to grips with muscles, brains, bones and blood. This week’s question of the week goes to student joel252000 for asking: “Why are different people scared of different things?” And the FINAL 5 scientists are… The finish line is now in sight, students have voted and it’s time to announce who they want to see in the final week: Miranda Armstrong “I look at how doing exercise and being active may change the chances of people getting ill or injured” Helen O’Connor “I do a mixture of scientific work (like research and writing) and practical work (using psychology to help people be better at sport or be healthier)” Gavin … Continue reading

Posted on July 6, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Speedy fingers and question flooding!

With only 1 week till we announce the final 5 scientists In the Zone, the pressure is on! We’ll be counting students votes on Friday 6th July at 1.45pm and ONLY the most recent vote counts! So students, make sure your favourite scientists goes through to final and Vote now!   Questions flooding in! Students have been asking hundreds of questions this week. They’ve been keen to find out: “wny fo muscles get weak?“, “how do pain signals travel to your brain?“ And question of the week goes to student manahilmahrukh for asking “how do bones know how and when to move just by communicating with your brain?“   Live chats: Speedy fingers! In 15 manic live chats students have been putting scientists through their paces this week, probing scientists on: “has science helped athletes perform better?“, “how did Fabrice Muambas heart fail?” and “if you exercise more is there … Continue reading

Posted on June 29, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Students, make your vote count!

It’s crunch time … at 1.45pm on Friday 6th July we’ll be counting your votes & announcing the top five scientists to make it through to the final week In the Zone! ONLY your most recent vote counts! Who do you want to see in the final week? Here’s a reminder of all the scientists In the 7 – 11 Zone.   Final week: Final Ask, Chat, Vote! From the 9th – 13th July you can Ask the final 5 In the Zone scientists your questions and Vote for who you want to win the £500 prize.

Posted on June 29, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Questions flooding in!

This week’s off to a great start with 15 live chats booked and over 150 questions waiting to be approved, scientists are feeling the pressure. To help reduce the scientists’ work load, questions on minds and bodies in motion will be prioritised over space and other off topic questions. We like to encourage students to ask weird and wonderful questions, and these are still very much welcome! The scientists involved are all mind and bodies experts and so will be best able to answer these questions. Aside from questions, there’s still a space for a few more live chats next week: BOOK NOW!

Posted on June 25, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Races, bones and tongues!

Students had 6 lively live chats this week  and with only 2 weeks left, it’s time for students to VOTE for their favourite scientist to be 7 – 11 Zone champion and win the £500 prize for science engagement!  BIG Questions: Students have also been stretching their imaginations, asking the scientists over 100 questions this week. Students redbluepurple764 and hadia want to know: “can you exercise your tongue?” While sutdent rd123 asked: “how do bons stik?“ And classash have been finding out about: what sticky situations Francesca and Stuart have been in   BUT question of the week goes to student ayesha3 for asking: “why do East Africans win lots of endurance races? Why do people of West African descent win sprint races?” Lively Live chats: Students have been asking some pretty grizzling questions this week! At Uphill Primary students asked: “if you hang a weight from a tendon how … Continue reading

Posted on June 22, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Bones, weight and speed!

Students have now asked over 320 questions and have 23 live chats booked for the rest of term! There’s still time to BOOK your live chat to get your students In the Zone! next week and the last week 2nd – 6th July. Questions: Bones, weight and speed… Students in both zones have gone BONE made this week! Asking Alison: “how do bones heal if they break?” and “why are bones so hard?“ Meanwhile Fiona lets us know “why do you want to do about overweight?????“ And Sarah explains “what kind of Athletes do you work with?“ Questions of the week goes to student riaa for asking “how come people are faster than other people?“   More ‘buzzing’ live chats! Students at Montem Primary School were keen to find out “what is skin made out of and how can it help us?”, Leighton Primary students wanted to know “what part … Continue reading

Posted on June 15, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Sporty student questions!

Sporty live chats… In last week’s live chats student alexlongton at Longton Primary School asked the heart pumping questions: “how many bpm does your heart do after an 10 mile cycle?“, while student 7alisha at Glenaire Primary asked Helen, “is it hard to work with people who don’t want to talk about their feelings?“. Brownhills West Primary School student georgespudbutt asked: “do any footy players take drugs” and Kinson Primary student cooldude2 asked: “why do athliets need to take drugs?” Fitness questions… Students have been stretching the scientists, asking: “how can I improve my stmina?” gordon “how far do you have to move to stay health?” alexlongton And question of the week goes to thomaslongton for asking “what should you drink after a run?”   Thank yous! Student 7caitlinm would like thank Emilie: “for answering my questions I found out some interesting things!” And student emilylongton said: “i have realy enjoyed this … Continue reading

Posted on June 8, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

What’s happening In the Zone!

This week’s been pretty quiet week, but next week more Primary schools will be having live chats and asking the scientists questions.   Question of the week goes to student hetty123 for asking: “what have you already discovered about our bodies?”  and if being a scientist is all about algebra and staying in the lab for ages.   There’s still time to get your students In the Zone! BOOK LIVE CHATS for them now! If you’ve already had a live chat, why not book more? There’ll be a new set of scientists for them to chat with and ask questions. Let me know if you’ve got any questions about booking and I’ll be happy to help!   Next week students at Longton Primary, Glenaire Primary and Kinson Primary School will be talking to these scientists: Derek Ball Me and my Work: My work is linked to diet, exercise and health. Read … Continue reading

Posted on May 25, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Week 21 Scientists

Meet The Scientists – These are the scientists taking part in the Primary 7-11 Zone for week 21, from 21st May to 25th May 2012! Alison Atkin Me and my Work: As a part of my research I study bones and look for changes that tell us lots of things about a person, like did they have big or small muscles (were they active or lazy)! These changes happen to everyone’s bones, including yours! What would your bones say about you? Read more about me   John Dickinson Me and my Work: Make athletes perform better by making there lungs work as efficiently as possible Read more about me   Mark Rakobowchuk Me and my Work: I try to figure out what enables a blood vessel to get bigger and more useful after training and what happens to your blood vessels when you’re lazy all the time! Read more about … Continue reading

Posted on May 23, 2012 by in News | 1 Comment

Sprinting, doping and football!

Students have been busy asking lots more sporty questions this week. Including… The science of: sprinting! Student jacobn asked: “who is the fastest person you know“ doping! Student jwillis asked: “how often do you have to take epo for running to improve?“ football! Students pheobe1 and sractliffe asked: “what is your fav football team?“, which scientist John answered with a surprising fact about asthma and football! And question of the week came from student hpollard: “Do you think a humans health is as important as a animals?”   In live chats this week, students from Moorlands Junior School asked anything from “why does the heart beat?” to “why can’t men have babies?”. And students at Haresfield School asked: “what’s the most gruesome thing you’ve ever tested?” Both students and teachers got a kick out of live chats. Teacher Rachel Craven from Almondbury Junior School said: “I just wanted to say … Continue reading

Posted on May 18, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Who’s In the Zone and when!

We’ve now selected most of the scientists for the rest of In the Zone.  Have a look at what they do and why not book a live chat in the week with the scientists that get your heart pumping. There are still spaces in all weeks so BOOK NOW to make sure your students get to talk to the In the Zone scientists. Week 21st – 25th May: BOOK LIVE CHATS! Alison Atkin, PhD, University of Sheffield: “I study bones and look for changes that tell us lots of things about a person, like did they have big or small muscles (were they active or lazy)! These changes happen to everyone’s bones, including yours! What would your bones say about you?“ John Dickinson, Postdoc, Liverpool John Moores University: “I’m an applied sports scientist working with professional and Olympic athletes, my research focuses on respiratory issues in elite athletes“ Mark Rakobowchuk, … Continue reading

Posted on May 17, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Live chats filling up!

Teachers have now booked 64 live chats so teachers, book soon to make sure your students get to talk to the In the Zone scientists! In today’s live chats, students at Haresfield Primary asked scientists: why are Kenyan runners so good at running? and what does the body do with all the body’s used up blood? While students at Almondbury Junior School asked: have you ever created life? and have you ever tried to replicate the strength of an athlete? At the end Almondbury Junior’s live chat their teacher Rachel Craven said: “Thank you all very much for answering our questions – we have learnt lots and the children have really enjoyed it” Outside of live chats students in the 7-11 Zone have now asked 100 questions. Student cmostert asked :”what cuolar is the sky?” and student mkane asked: “do you u like astronamy?” Next week students in the 7-11 … Continue reading

Posted on May 11, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

70 questions and more…

It’s already the end of the second week In the Zone and with no live chats, it’s been pretty quiet. But next week things should be hotting up, with two live chats with Almondbury Junior School and Haresfield Primary School. Teachers have now booked 20 live chats in the 7-11 Zone and we’re expecting more bookings next week. So teachers, make sure your students get to talk to the In the Zone scientists and BOOK now! So far students have asked scientists over 70 questions in the 7-11 Zone, finding out what it’s like being a scientist. Student tina asked “why did you be come a scientist” and student jloughlam wants to know “DO YOU ENJOY YOUR JOB-WHY?” Thank you to students lemon and aprib for asking loads of great questions! Next week the brand new set of scientists in the 7-11 Zone are: Elizabeth Scholefield, PhD, University of Hertfordshire: … Continue reading

Posted on May 4, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment

Primary Zone minds in motion!

It’s nearly the end of the first In the Zone week and there’s lots to report! We kicked off the first Primary Zone live chat with students from Westfield Primary School, where students were keen to find out how scientist Gary Brickley uses vinegar and bicarbonate soda to make bottle rockets. Outside of live chats, students have been busy asking the scientists over 60 questions, some of the best include: What’s your favourite body part? Would scientists want their own children to become scientists? And how does being a scientist effects your knowledge? Students have also been finding out that scientists make mistakes too! A big thanks to teacher Tom Holloway at Westfield Primary School for encouraging his students to ask the scientists so many great questions! After the live chat, Tom said: “It was fantastic! The children loved it! We’re all still buzzing!” Students taking part this week get … Continue reading

Posted on April 27, 2012 by in News | Leave a comment