Help and support

There are answers to some frequently asked questions about In the Zone and the website on this page, along with links to support for all the different experiments. However, if you can't find the help you're looking for, please get in touch by email or phone, using the form or number below.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Q What is In the Zone?

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    In the Zone is a national public engagement and education initiative which is being run by the Wellcome Trust for 2012 and beyond. It is inspired by the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and aims to engage the public with the science of how their body works during sport exercise, movement and rest.

  • Q Why is the Wellcome Trust running In the Zone?

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    The Wellcome Trust is committed to engaging the public with biomedical science. In 2009, we celebrated Charles Darwin's 200th birthday with an initiative similar in scale to In the Zone. One strand of this initiative involved sending a free experiment kit to every UK state-funded school, providing teachers with everything they needed to teach inspiring and contemporary evolution-focused practical work. External evaluation showed this to be an unprecedented success; 66% of Primary schools and 41% of Secondary schools used the kits, with 90% of teachers reporting that they inspired learning, contributed to pupils' scientific understanding, and improved pupil engagement.

    The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will create huge excitement across the UK in 2012. In the Zone will build on this excitement, using it as a hook to explore the science behind sporting performances and how the human body functions. We aim to engage and inspire the public, to introduce science in fresh and exciting ways, and to encourage them to reflect on the science of the human body.

  • Q What is the Inspire Mark and what restrictions does this place on the project?

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    The Inspire Mark is awarded by LOCOG, the London Organising committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to not-for-profit organisations running projects inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Values. The Inspire Mark looks very similar to the official London 2012 logo.

  • Q What is the In the Zone’s relationship to Get Set?

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    Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme, run by LOCOG, the London Organising committee of the Olympic Games. In the Zone is part of Get Set + and is featured within the Practical Learning theme.

  • Q How do I get my kit?

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    All UK schools and colleges will have received an In the Zone kit in early 2012. You did not need to register to receive the kit.

  • Q Who received the kits?

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    Kits for ages 4-11 were sent to Science Coordinators in Primary Schools. Kits for ages 11-19 were sent to Heads of Science in Secondary Schools.

  • Q When were the kits sent out?

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    The kits were distributed in early 2012.

  • Q What do I do if my kit is missing or damaged?

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    Please contact the In the Zone support line on 0845 3113 6666.

    To order more items from the 11-19 box please contact SciChem on 01902 402402 or  customerservices@scichem.com.

  • Q What’s in the kits?

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    The In the Zone kits contain everything you'll need to teach outstanding science lessons inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The kit for ages 4-11 contains:

    • - 1 Puppet of Fizzy
    • - 1 Teacher Guide
    • - 1 Curriculum Guide
    • - 16 Body Challenge Cards
    • - 3 Stupendous Stethoscopes
    • - 10 Pace Perfect Pedometers
    • - 1 Tub of Stethoscope Germ Busters
    • - 3 Tip Top Timers
    • - 5 Meticulous Measuring Tapes
    • - Fizzy's Brilliant Balancing Floor Tape

    The kit for ages 11-19 contains:

    • - Teacher Guide
    • - Laminated Knowledge Cards (a set of four for each age range: 11-14, 14-16 and 16-19)
    • - Curriculum Matching Charts
    • - 2 Pulse Oximeters
    • - 2 Peak Flow Meters
    • - 4 Lung Volume Bags
    • - 100 Disposable Mouthpieces (for Peak Flow Meters and Lung Volume Bags)
    • - 25 Elastic Bands
    • - 12 Tape Measures
    • - Respirometer Kit containing: 1 2-litre plastic bottle, 6 bungs, 6 lengths of hard tubing, 6 lengths of flexible tubing, 6 one-way valves
    • - 5g Bromothymol Blue
    • - 100 ml Sodium Hydroxide (0.1M)
    • - 6 Pipettes
    • - 6 Indicator Charts
    • - 1 Blood Pressure Monitor
    • - Big Picture on Exercise, Energy and Movement
  • Q Who are Fizzy and Dizzy?

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    Fizzy Cole and her trusty friend, Dizzy the Stopwatch Dog, appear throughout the resources for ages 4-11. They are on a mission to help children get In the Zone and do their best. Fizzy and Dizzy travel the world, investigating how the human body works during sport and activity. Fizzy uses her special scientific equipment to discover what goes on inside our bodies, while Dizzy asks all sorts of questions.

    Now, Fizzy and Dizzy have arrived in your school, with loads of great investigations for inquisitive young minds to get involved in. In the Units for younger children, Fizzy is a puppet who sets challenges, and helps children explain what their bodies can do. For the older children, Fizzy and Dizzy set tasks and exciting investigations through emails.

  • Q Can I use my kit after 2012?

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    Yes. You could use it as a delightful doorstop, a glorious shelf warmer or a beautiful book holder - but that won't be much fun. Sport, and children's interest in what their bodies can do, won't stop when the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games end, so please keep using this box with your pupils. If you need to download extra paper-based resources or Powerpoints, or if you just want to use the interactive games, the website will continue to be available long after the lights in the Olympic Stadium have gone out. Have fun!

  • Q Is there Health and Safety advice about the investigations?

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    General Health and Safety advice is given for the activities for each age range within the Teaching Guides, but please carry out your own risk assessments prior to any of the activities, to ensure that they are safe in the unique context of your school.

  • Q Can I order more items from the 11-19 box?

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    Yes, to order more items from the 11-19 box please contact SciChem on 01902 402402 or customerservices@scichem.com.

  • Q What is the Live Data Zone?

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    Free In the Zone experiment kits were sent to every UK school & college in early 2012. The Live Data Zone enables students and teachers to upload the results of their experiments and analyse them for trends.

  • Q Why do I need to register for the Live Data Zone?

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    If you don't register, you can still view the national average data from each experiment. If you do register, you can also upload the results of your experiments and analyse them for trends. As well as seeing average national data, your username and password will enable you to compare the results that you and your classmates upload, along with other datasets added by people at your school or college.

  • Q Can I see results without registering for the Live Data Zone?

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    Yes, if you don't register you can still view the national average data from each experiment. However, you will not be able to upload the results of your experiments and analyse them for trends.

  • Q How do I register for the Live Data Zone?

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    To register, go the the registration page. You will be asked to supply the following details:

    • - Enter your school or college's postcode
    • - A valid email address.
    • - A unique username.
    • - A password.

    To complete your registration you will need to click a link in an email we will send you.

  • Q What information do I need to register for the Live Data Zone?

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    To register you will need to:

    • - Enter your school or college's postcode, then select your school or college from a list. If for any reason your school or college is missing from our database, you will be able to add it.
    • - Enter a valid email address. To complete your registration you will need to click a link in an email we will send you.
    • - Choose a unique username. You will use this to login to the site.
    • - Choose a password. You will use this to login to the site.
  • Q What will you do with the information I upload to the Live Data Zone?

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    The information you use to register and login is used for this purpose only. Your email address, username and password will be stored securely.

    For further information, please refer to our Privacy Statement and Legal Terms & Conditions.

  • Q What will I upload to the Live Data Zone?

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    For all of the experiments, you will upload:

    • - Your age in years and months
    • - Your gender
    • - Your height in cm
    • - Your sitting height in cm
    • - Whether or not you are asthmatic. You can choose to not answer this question.
    • - For how long each week are you active enough to make you breathe harder or make you sweat? Include sport, dance and playing games.
    • - How fit do you think you are compared to the other people in your class?
    • - Which activity do you do most often?

    For each experiment, you will also upload the following results of the experiment:

     'On your marks… get set… go!'

    • - Your peak flow (litres/minute)
    • - Your vital capacity (litres)

    'From strength to strength'

    • - How many squats you completed in 1 minute
    • - How many press-ups you completed in 1 minute

    'I've got the power'

    • - Your resting heart rate
    • - Your heart rate immediately after 2 minutes of exercise
    • - Your heart rate 1 minute after exercise
    • - Your heart rate 2 minutes after exercise
    • - Your heart rate 3 minutes after exercise              
    • - Your heart rate 4 minutes after exercise    
    • - Your heart rate 5 minutes after exercise
  • Q What will you do with the data I upload to the Live Data Zone?

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    The Wellcome Trust is committed to protecting all information provided by your school for this project. For further information, please refer to our Privacy Statement and Legal Terms & Conditions.

    All personal data uploaded to the website is done so anonymously. It is stored and displayed anonymously.

  • Q How do I upload my results to the Live Data Zone?

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    To upload results to the Live Data Zone you need to register, then go to the 'upload data' page. Here you can choose to either add your results to an existing dataset for your school (if there is one), or create a new dataset for your results. You then upload your results using a simple form.

  • Q How can I explore results in the Live Data Zone?

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    To explore average national results, simply choose the 'view data' option. To explore results for your school or college, you will first need to login to the Live Data Zone.

    When on the 'view data' pages, you can use a variety of controls to manipulate the graphs and explore the results. For more information about using the graphs, click the 'help' button on the 'view data' pages.

  • Q What is a dataset?

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    A dataset is a set of experiment results.

    Individual results from the experiment should be uploaded as part of a dataset. A dataset may be composed of the results for an individual, a small group of people, a class or even a whole school. You should not name datasets using people's names. Instead, use the name of your class or something you will remember (e.g. Class 10d, Dataset 1).

    You can either add results to an existing dataset from your school, or create a new dataset.

  • Q What is the difference between national, school and dataset results?

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    National results are the average of all results uploaded to the Live Data Zone.

    School results show all of the results uploaded by people at your school. You can view individual and average results for your school.

    A dataset is a set of experiment results. Individual results from the experiment should be uploaded as part of a dataset. You can decide how big or small a dataset is. It may be composed of the results for an individual, a small group of people, a class or even a whole school. You can view individual and average results for a dataset.

  • Q Who can use the Live Data Zone?

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    Anyone can use the Live Data Zone to view the average national data for the three experiments. Schools and colleges are invited to register for the Live Data Zone. Registering will allow you to upload the results of your experiments and analyse them for trends. As well as seeing average national data, your username and password will enable you to compare the results that you and your classmates upload, along with other datasets added by people at your school or college.

    To ensure that the data is useful to the core audience (11-19 year olds), you must be between 10-20 years old to add data to the site.

News

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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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