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Marty Jopson virtual Zap! Show

BBC The One Show scientist, Marty Jopson broadcast his Zap! science show from GSAL on Wed 11 Nov to over 2000 primary school pupils across Yorkshire. 70+ classes from 40+ schools tuned in to watch the show and take part in the Q&A session that followed. Primary pupils from Y4-6 were involved.  GSAL hosted the show in conjunction with their partner, Ptley Science Festival.  One Year 5 class bubble from GSAL were Marty's live audience in the lab.


To share excellent and engaging curriculum-related content with primary schools in the local area.

The need arose when in-person events as part of our outreach programme had to be cancelled. We could reach even more pupils virtually.

Critical factors of success - attendance, feedback from teachers and pupils collected immediately after the session. 

Immediate beneficiaries: 2000+ pupils and teachers who attended; recording of the show also shared with database of primary schools afterwards so the content can be viewed by those schools who missed it. Primary schools expressed an interest to be involved in future virtual 'classroom' events both in science or other subjects.


Otley Science Festival partnership started in 2019; GSAL science teachers attended an event in Otley for families and arranged for two schools to attend a science show for schools. 2020 due to the pandemic OSF moved to virtual events. GSAL sponsored one of the school events.

GSAL met with Marty Jopson to investigate potential of a virtual event. OSF were also planning some virtual events.


Zoom software; technical expertise (Marty) to switch between cameras; GSAL provided lab and cameraman for alternate camera angles. OSF provided admin support to take bookings, share links and manage survey etc.

Physics lab in GSAL senior school used. 

Non-teaching staff involved (1 GSAL, Marty Jopson and 1 cameraman, 1 OSF admin worked on the project for a month beforehand); teaching staff (70+ for 1 hour) in classrooms in primary schools; log in to Zoom and manage children's questions.

GSAL paid fee (£750) to Marty Jopson for the science show.


Attendance - 2000

Qualitiative feedback - survey 

Certificates sent out and poster competition (awaiting response)

Assessment - immediately after event.

Pupil Involvement

Independent sector - 80

Non-independent - 1920+

Y4-Y6 age

Boys and girls - 50:50


Single event but partnership with OSF continuing. Part of GSAL's new initiative GSAL Presents...which share educational content with primary schools.