Studying Physical Activity in Childrens Environments across Scotland MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit

Public Events

Meet the Experts event – Glasgow Science Centre – British Science Week 2016 (11th and 12th March)


Two staff members of the SPACES team, Dr. Paul McCrorie and Felicity Hayball, took part in a ‘meet the experts event’ at Glasgow’s Science Centre for British science week, taking to the floor to promote  the message of physical activity for health. The Centre’s permanent Bodyworks exhibition was the perfect location as lots of interactive activities are in place where children use physical activity to learn about health and anatomy, including competing on a racetrack against Usain Bolt, and running in a giant human hamster wheel.


In a similar set-up to the actual SPACES study, Paul asked the children to wear accelerometers while they spent time in the Bodyworks exhibition. The children were then provided customised results to show how active they were and how this activity contributed to their overall health – a very important message we wanted to get across.


Felicity’s  PhD research, which sits within SPACES, was also part of the event. Felicity investigates how children perceive their environment and how these perceptions may influence their time outside. Felicity ran an activity alongside Paul’s where she asked 5-11 year olds to draw their favourite thing to do outside. The children’s drawings gave us an insight into what children consider important when spending time outside.


The event was an excellent chance to tell children about the SPACES research, get them involved in activities similar to our SPACES participants, and promote the reasons behind why we are carrying out the SPACES study.