Year 5 are taking part in the Terrific Scientific study which is an ambitious campaign from the BBC. The goal is to inspire primary school pupils to discover their inner scientist.
Currently, fewer than 15% of 10-14 year olds aspire to pursue a career as a scientist, leaving the UK with a potential skills shortage.
The BBC have partnered with leading universities to create a series of child-friendly nationwide scientific investigations. The data gathered is sent to the universities and feeds into real academic studies.
The first investigation the children have been taking part in is EXERCISE!
Could taking part in exercise for just 15 minutes really improve your mind and mood? And how hard should you exercise to get the biggest change? The children have a series of mental and memory challenges to do on the ipad, go and do the exercise (bleep test, 15 minutes continuous exercise and 15 minutes of complete rest) and then return to the mental challenges. The tests provide scores to show whether the brain is more or less active after exercise and shows a level of improvement or not.
We will upload the results to the Scientists who will analyse the data and then we will move onto the next challenge!
The children can’t wait…