In the MRC Festival Zone, your school students get to meet and interact with MRC researchers and technical staff online.
Your students challenge them over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ASK the MRC researchers and technical staff anything they want, and VOTE for their favourite to win a prize.
The activity takes place between 3rd–28th June as part of the nationwide MRC Festival of Medical Research.
MRC Festival Zone is based on the award-winning I’m a Scientist project:
Why take part?
Students discover that MRC researchers and technical staff are normal people, with hobbies and interests similar to their own. They learn how their science lessons relate to real life and the world around them, and become more engaged in their school work.
The online activity uses technology that students are familiar and comfortable with, meaning those who might be too shy to speak up in class are able to do so in the MRC Festival Zone’s chat-room environment.
“Many of our students lack confidence in their academic ability so they were buzzing when they realised they can hold their own in a conversation with intelligent, educated people and this helped them realise they are all scientists too!”
Julia Anderson, FE College Biology Lecturer
How do I apply?
Fill in the registration form on this page and we’ll email you to ask how many classes you’d like to take part with (on mobile? Scroll down for the form).
How much time will it take?
We provide all the resources and materials needed, including suggested lesson plans and modifications to suit different students’ abilities.
We recommend spending at least 2 hours on the activity. This will usually be one introductory lesson, one piece of homework (we suggest reading scientists’ profiles and posting questions in ASK) and one lesson of live CHAT with the scientists.
Be warned: most teachers, when asked what they would do differently next time, said ‘spend more time on the activity’.
How much does it cost?
Each event we work with a range of organisations to offer fully-funded places to UK state-maintained schools and colleges.
If we receive more applications than we have places available, we have to prioritise applications. Read more on how we prioritise schools.
Non-state-maintained schools, and schools outside of the UK may be asked to pay a fee to take part. More information here.
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