London 2012 resources
GSK was the Official Laboratory Services Supplier to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We formed a ground-breaking partnership with King's College London to provide facilities and equipment to enable expert analysts from King’s College London to operate a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory.
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The Scientists in Sport schools outreach programme formed part of the partnership, which also provided GSK with a huge opportunity to support the sporting integrity of London 2012.
Over 6000 samples were analysed throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Anti-Doping kit
The Scientists in Sport Anti-Doping Kit allowed students to ‘become the scientists’ behind the drug testing of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Aimed at 11-14 year old students, the kit was designed to bring the world of anti-doping to life by inviting students to test three mock ‘urine’ samples (not real urine!), two of which would contain a prohibited (banned) substance.
This group activity was available to be run by teachers, or by GSK STEM Ambassadors who brought an extra element of real-life science into the classroom.
The Anti-Doping Challenge still makes an excellent activity for a science club or even as part of your scheme of work.
Your pupils can earn extra recognition by submitting their Scientists in Sport anti-doping challenge work for a CREST Award.