Students had 19 lively live chats this week and with only 2 weeks left, it’s time for students to VOTE for their favourite scientist to be In the Zone champions and win the £500 prize for science engagement!
Students have been stretching their imaginations, asking the scientists over 200 questions this week.
In the 7 – 11 Zone, 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?”
And in the 11 – 19 Zone, question of the week is from student mrstagg, who was nominated by Jemma: “Can DNA be changed and rewritten like computer code?”
Lively Live chats:
Students have been asking some pretty grizzling questions this week! In the 7 – 11 Zone, Uphill Primary students asked: “if you hang a weight from a tendon how heavy does the the weight have to be until the tendon goes twang?”
And in the 11 – 19 Zone, students at West Kent Learning Federation Student Support Centre asked some pretty grizzling questions, including: “is it possible to rip every tissue in your body?”
Next week’s In the Zone scientists are:
In the 7 – 11 Zone:
- 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)!
- Helen O’Connor, Sport and exercise psychologist, Self-employed: “What makes champions? And what mental skills can we learn from them? Psychology is a legal performance-enhancer and can give athletes that extra “edge”
- Matt Bridge, Lecturer, University of Birmingham: “Working with coaches to use sport science to improve performance through training and understanding the development of sporting expertise.”
- Miranda Armstrong, Postdoc, University of Oxford: “I look at how doing exercise and being active may change the chances of people getting ill or injured
In the 11 – 19 Zone:
- Jemma Ransom, PhD, University of Aberdeen: “Exercise is great for your body, but is it also good for your brain?”
- John Perry, Lecturer, Leeds Trinity University College: “I’m interested in morality in sports and why some people do bad things, don’t do bad things or (best of all) do good things.“
- Katie Skeffington, PhD, Cambridge University: “I investigate how a person’s health depends on … what their mother ate or how much exercise she did when she was pregnant seems to have very big consequences!“
- Lisa Fitzgerald, PhD, University of Bath: “I investigate the effect of design and placement of knee replacement components on the movement and force in the patella following knee replacement.
A big thanks to Alex, Luisa, Stuart, Amylou, Maria, Mark U., and Mark L. who have all finished their weeks In the Zone!
Student marinaley says: “thank you for this oppourtunirty its been well valuable“