In the Zone is the Wellcome Trust's major initiative inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It provides a fun, free and fascinating way of using science to discover how our bodies work during sport, activity, movement and rest.

In the Zone

In the Zone

The major elements of the In the Zone initiative are:

  • Free science investigation kits for all schools in the UK, bringing the science of the human body to life in the classroom.
  • An interactive exhibition, engaging people of all ages with the science of our incredible human body, in relation to sport and movement.
  • A Sports Science Pop-up, travelling to events across the UK.
  • Training for our network of In the Zone ambassadors.

Teachers can download PowerPoints, editable Teacher and Student Notes, and extra resources to support you in delivering In the Zone investigations in your classroom.

4-11 year olds can play games about your brilliant bodies.

11-19 year olds can use the Live Data Zone to upload the results of In the Zone experiments and compare to other students across the UK.


Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. We support the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. Our breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health. We are independent of both political and commercial interests.

The Trust has three major focus areas and five major challenges that shape many of our activities. These challenges aim to address some of the most pressing and fundamental problems that confront human health and wellbeing.

One of our three focus areas is exploring medicine in historical and cultural contexts. We work with researchers and the creative industries to help societies to explore and become involved with biomedical science, its future directions, its impacts on society and the ethical questions that it brings. Alongside support for dialogue and informed debate, we seek to spread the delight and interest many derive from science and its intrinsic spirit of curiosity.

For further information visit www.wellcome.ac.uk



At Pearson, we believe in learning - all kinds of learning for all kinds of people. Whether it's at home, in the classroom or in the workplace, learning is the key to improving our life chances. To this end, Pearson UK brings together leading names in education to provide a blend of content, curricula, assessment, training and information systems to make learning more engaging and effective. Pearson UK is the leading provider of high quality print and digital educational resources to schools and colleges. Through imprints such as Heinemann, Longman, Ginn, Rigby and Edexcel we continually seek to develop innovative new resources to enhance learning in classroom and beyond.

Pearson is responsible for the development and delivery of the In the Zone kits for schools.

For further information visit uk.pearson.com.

Guardian Digital Agency

Guardian Digital Agency

The Guardian Digital Agency makes the Guardian's digital and creative expertise available to clients, specialising in developing highly engaging and interactive digital resources for schools. Having run a number of online education programmes for various clients - including working on the Wellcome Trust's Darwin 200 initiatives for schools, The Great Plant Hunt and Survival Rivals - the Guardian Digital Agency is highly experienced in building awareness among teachers and key education stakeholders for initiatives like In the Zone.

The Guardian Digital Agency is responsible for the schools marketing and the website for In the Zone.



At-Bristol's mission is to make science accessible to all, through promoting scientific literacy and engagement with the public and improving science learning in schools. It provides a place of contact and communication between the general public, scientists, researchers, educators, communicators, industrialists and policy makers. We aspire to be a centre of excellence for active, discovery-based learning, and have had considerable success since opening our doors in 2000.

At-Bristol hosts over 185,000 visitors a year, including 40,000 educational visits. We have welcomed over four million people to date and continue to be a popular draw for local people and visitors to the city.

The At-Bristol team has developed expertise in exhibition development, project management, learning programme development, dialogue events and teacher professional development alongside running a successful visitor attraction.  Recent projects include the touring exhibition Inside DNA, the skills sharing collaboration Embedding Debate and dialogue plus the immensely popular partnership with Aardman to create Animate it!

At-Bristol is responsible for the development and delivery of the In the Zone Touring Exhibition.

For more information, visit www.at-bristol.org.uk.


Scientific & Chemical Supplies Ltd

Scientific & Chemical Supplies Ltd. is the market leading supplier of science education equipment and chemicals to UK secondary schools.  The business, which is privately owned with its headquarters in the UK, has been successfully trading since 1957.

Our large, friendly sales and customer services team has many years collective experience across all the science disciplines.  As well as providing technical support for day to day issues, we also offer workshops, lectures and training days for students, technicians and teachers.

"We were delighted to be awarded the contract for assembly and distribution of the secondary school kits for In the Zone" said Tim Avery, Education Sales Director.  "Partnering with the Wellcome Trust is a great experience for us.  We're thrilled to have been given the opportunity to participate in this unique project which will benefit pupils all over the country and help to promote science in schools."

For further information, visit www.scichem.com.

Daredevil labs

Daredevil labs

We use exciting adventures, immersive stunts, eye-catching spectacles and hands-on demos,to bring alive the science of survival, sport & anything else cool.

The Labs are headed up by Greg Foot - Daredevil Science Presenter on TV, Radio and at Live Events.


Classroom Medics

Classroom Medics

Classroom Medics are the go to organisation of the Science Communication world and inspire people to love, engage and enjoy science. We bring real medical and sports science equipment to schools, events and exhibits to bring science to life. 




STEMNET (The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) is a national charity creating  opportunities to inspire young people in STEM across the UK. Working with thousands of schools, colleges and STEM employers, STEMNET enables young people of all backgrounds and abilities to experience hands-on STEM activities which motivate inspire and bring learning to life.

Through programmes such as STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs, STEMNET provides experiences that go far beyond the classroom - unlocking potential, widening horizons and inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians. STEMNET is grateful for the support of government, business and charitable trusts.


In the Zone

Other contributors and advisors


  • Sue Hocking, GCE examiner
  • Mary Nathan, Science and Maths Consultant
  • Jennifer Stafford-Brown, Chief Examiner and Senior Standards Verifier
  • John Stringer, Education Consultant

Pilot Schools

  • Eckington Engineering College, Eckington, Derbyshire
  • Farringdon Community College, Farringdon, Oxfordshire
  • The Forest Special School, Knaersborough, North Yorkshire
  • Frederick Bird School, Coventry
  • Hollingworth Primary School, Hyde: Mrs Chris Williams colleagues and pupils
  • Norbury Hall Primary School, Stockport: Mr Andy Clerc, colleagues and pupils
  • Royds Hall School, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • St Paul's Primary School, Stalybridge: Ms Ella Jeary and colleagues and pupils
  • Tapton School, Sheffield
  • Woodley Primary School, Stockport: Mr Graeme Brock, colleagues and pupils

Advisors and contributors

  • Jeremy Airey, Miranda Stephenson, National Science Learning Centre
  • Rob Armstrong, Loreto College
  • Hester Brierley, Simon Drane, Ian Gatt, Steve Ingham, English Institute of Sport
  • Marilyn Brodie, Andy Bullough, David James, Ken Mannion, Penny Thompson, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Noel Cameron, Loughborough University
  • Marco Cardinale, British Olympic Association
  • Andrew Carrick, EdComs
  • Alison McConnell, Brunel University
  • Carol Chapman, Education consultant
  • David Collins, University of Central Lancashire
  • Chris Crockford, Technology consultant
  • John Dickinson, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Nic Fleming, Science writer
  • Valerie Gladwell, Katherine Reed, University of Essex
  • Esme Glauert, Institute of Education
  • Angela Hall, Nuffield Foundation
  • Sarah Hall, Cardiff University
  • Odette Hughes, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
  • Sally Johnson, Jane Maloney, London Science Learning Centre
  • Dean Madden, National Centre for Biotechnology Education
  • Andy Martin, LOCOG (The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games)
  • Polly McGuigan, University of Bath
  • Mike McNamee, Swansea University
  • Hugh Montgomery, University College London
  • Pam Phillippo, Edexcel
  • Andy Shaw, Sports trainer
  • Annette Smith, Association for Science Education
  • Paul Smith, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Janet Stocks, Institute of Child Health, University College London
  • Chrissy Stokes, The Physiology Society
  • Nancy Tilbury, Kingston University
  • Jamie Younger, Merchiston School, Edinburgh

Special  thanks  to:

  • Sir Steve Redgrave, CBE
  • Michael Pask, Katie Robinson, IMG


Get In the Zone with Brazil 2014 and the Commonwealth Games!

After the huge success of London 2012 the sporting craze continues this summer with Brazil 2014 and, straight after the World Cup, we'll be hosting the Commonwealth Games in Scotland.

What a great opportunity to get ahead of the games and use your In the Zone kit to bring some of the excitement of these major sporting events into your classroom. You can use the kit to help your pupils discover the science behind the performance of elite footballers like Wayne Rooney, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and what happens in the bodies of top athletes such as Usain Bolt and Mo Farrar when they push themselves to the limit in their quest for gold.

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Get 'In the Zone' for Sochi

We're counting down to some exceptional sport at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and have enjoyed watching In the Zone's champion, Sir Steve Redgrave CBE, on Channel 4's 'The Jump'. To give you some ideas of how to excite your students, here are some suggestions for how to get In the Zone… in the cold! Brrrrr.

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Take It Further

If you've enjoyed In the Zone, here are some ways to extend your In the Zone experience; places to learn more about science and movement; and links to related information.

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Any questions?

If you need information or have a question about In the Zone, please view our help and support page which contains FAQs and support for the experiments. You can also contact us by email or telephone.

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