Taking tests

Testing hand strength – Researchers’ Night Flemingsberg 2011

This activity involves participants being invited to test themselves or others. It can be varied in many different ways. It is also possible to make it competitive, seeing who is most successful in the different tests. The tests are connected to science and research, e.g. hand strength, stress sensitivity, reaction times and sense of smell. Medical tests are usually much appreciated as well, e.g. measuring lung function, blood pressure etc.

Target group: Broad, depending on the type of test.

Preparations: Appoint a person to run the tests and who can provide instructions and assistance. Decide on a venue and organise the necessary materials. Decide on a format for a possible prize giving. Market the activity.

Challenges: Identifying good test activities.

Benefits: Can be varied in many ways. A good way to open up a dialogue and communicate information about different types of research. It also explains the relationship between research and people’s everyday lives.

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