• Question: How were you 1st introduced into science

    Asked by BlakeF on 18 Jun 2020.
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      Andy Kowalski answered on 18 Jun 2020:

      Basically at Junior school with one of the teachers (who taught other subjects) showed us some basic principles, his oldest son was already doing those subjects at secondary school and got very interested.

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      Sophie Louth answered on 18 Jun 2020:

      When I was at primary school we had some trainee teachers come in, and we did a science lesson. We did an experiment to work out the quickest way to make cubes of jelly dissolve. We all had a cube of jelly in a cup of water. Some people had warm water, some cold. Some cut their jelly into tiny pieces, others were left whole. Some got to stir with a spoon, others not. I was just one holding a cold cup with a large lump of jelly in, so it took for ever to dissolve but it was very exciting to be doing a proper experiment as a six year old. And I have been hooked on experiments ever since.

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      Alex Holmes answered on 18 Jun 2020:

      I was definitely first introduced to science in primary school, but I remember finding it really complicated and confusing.
      My parents also would take me to science festivals since I lived really close to the Cheltenham Science Festival and I remember absolutely loving it! I’d learn about microbes and infra-red and robots and I even saw Brian Cox speak about space! I never really put 2 and 2 together that the science I learnt at the fair was the same kind of science i was being taught in school because one seemed so fun and the other seemed so difficult and boring.
      When I started high school something clicked for me and it all started merging into one idea of science for me and I realised I was actually smart enough to get it, i just had to work out how to make it exciting for myself.

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      Emma Wilson answered on 18 Jun 2020:

      I think I was first introduced to science in general back in primary school, where we learned about different plants and animals, and did experiments like making paper mache volcanoes.

      I later learned more specifically about neuroscience in high school and enjoyed learning about it so much I decided to get my degree in neuroscience.

      In the summer before I started my degree, I learned about data science when I attended a lecture given at the university I was going to attend. I learnt a lot about data science whilst doing my neuroscience degree and have ended up in a career which uses both those skills. Funnily enough, I actually now work with the professor who first introduced me to data science.

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      Melanie Krause answered on 18 Jun 2020:

      Hi Blake,
      My dad was very eager to get his kids into science and engineering. So whenever I had a birthday I would get one of those experiment kits for children on how to grow your own crystals in chemical solutions or how to keep little ancient microbe pets. On top of that I often got gifted science books for children so I feel like my parents conditioned me pretty early towards science πŸ˜‰

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      Luke Bryden answered on 18 Jun 2020:

      Hey Blake. I think the first person to foster my curiosity in things was my grandma! She was always very encouraging of it, and being curious is what drew my to science. I also had some great biology teachers who I found inspiring! I think this made me want to pursue science at university.

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      Andrew Yool answered on 18 Jun 2020:

      While I’m sure I was taught more before this, the first science lesson that I can remember was in my final primary school year (P7 in Scotland). We were taught about how electricity works and given practical work with batteries, connectors and filament bulbs (which may give you some idea of how long ago this was). But we were also given some “theory” in which we were introduced to the idea of electrons – things that we couldn’t see – moving around in the wires and doing things that we could see. This early memory of the theoretical and practical has stuck with me, and I think it’s one of the reasons I’m where I am today.

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      Jun Lin answered on 18 Jun 2020: last edited 18 Jun 2020 5:00 pm

      I was firstly introduced to science in primary school, where in China we had a subject called Nature. Advanced science was of course taught in secondary/high school.

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      Alfonsina Arriaga Jimenez answered on 19 Jun 2020:

      In secondary school, while going camping with other students we encounter some researchers in the field, that is the first time I realize I can do that too. Also, they make it look so fun and amazing I think I might give it a shot. A lot of years later here I am, and when I’m the field and I found people around watching our work I always invite them to see what we are doing, someone might get this “bug” too.

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      Chloe Carter answered on 19 Jun 2020:

      My Granddad was an engineer and he often looked after me when mum was at work. He had lots of random bits and bobs in his shed (I distinctly remember a collection of Bunsen burners!) and we would play about with all the bits and bobs, often setting fire to things and making a mess. and that is how I was introduced to science. It was a lot of “what is this?” and “what happens if I do this?” or β€œcan I mix this and this together?” which is essentially all science is, questioning the world around us!
      How did you get introduced to science?

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      Victoria Burton answered on 19 Jun 2020:

      My parents used to take my sisters and our dogs camping each summer. To keep us busy they encouraged us to make scrapbooks of our holiday. I used mine as a nature journal to record what wildlife I saw and when, and make drawings and stick in leaves. When I was in Secondary School I used to get very bored in the summer holidays so made up little science projects to do. One year I raised tadpoles and recorded how they grew, and another year I did live trapping to see what small mammals were living in our garden.

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      Jozsef Vuts answered on 19 Jun 2020:

      When I first went for long walks with my primary school teacher. He taught me a lot and inspired me to ask questions and try to find the answers. Gerald Durrell`s Amateur Naturalist was also a great inspiration for me!

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      Sreejita Ghosh answered on 19 Jun 2020:

      Since my dad is a medical doctor and my mom used to teach Biology to school students I was always biased towards science and in particular towards medicine. As a child I wanted to follow my dad’s profession and become a medical doctor and therefore always prioritised science grades. However before the entrance exams for medical schools I got a bit disillusioned and wanted to study something which can help advance the healthcare sector and wanted to become a Biomedical Engineer. So I had to prepare for both engineering and medical entrance exams (we had separate entrance exams in India). During this time due to competition and pressure science became less enjoyable. But once I started studying Biomedical Engineering for my Bachelors it was fun again, without the pressure of competing with the entire country for the coveted place in the engineering school of my choice.

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      Helen Roy answered on 19 Jun 2020:

      My mother and grandfather were fascinated by wildlife and inspired my interests. I also had amazing biology teachers and really enjoyed lessons outside looking at plants and animals.

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      Imogen Cavadino answered on 19 Jun 2020:

      By my dad – although he preferred Physics, he’s always been fascinated by the natural world and loved taking us out on nature walks, pointing out wildlife along the way. Even now I’m grown up he still sends me photos of strange insects, slugs and animals that he finds. My biology lessons at school were sadly not very inspiring, so I feel lucky to have such an interested and encouraging parent.

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      Sophia Pells answered on 22 Jun 2020:

      The first sort of ‘science’ that I remember was when I was in Year 1 in primary school. We used to do lots of little experiments in class where we would plan an experiment and have to come up with a hypothesis and test it. Some of the experiments I remember were putting ice cubes in different places (like outside, on a radiator, in a glass of cold water etc) and seeing which melted first. We also did one where we had some cress growing in different situations to see which would grow the best. I think that’s probably what first got me interested in the idea of science because I really liked making a prediction and then testing to see if it was true. I was also lucky because my dad could tell I was interested in science from a young age and really encouraged me to pursue it.

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      Donna MacCallum answered on 22 Jun 2020:

      great question…

      I’ve always had pets and grown things, then really loved science at School… but it was really at secondary school that I realised that research was fun and that there were no correct answers.

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      Claudia Caravello answered on 22 Jun 2020:

      I had it as a class at school. I remember doing it from a young age. I think it was only about 12 or 13 I started to enjoy it however.

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      Aisling Ryan answered on 23 Jun 2020:

      I first started to realise I enjoyed science when I was 16, in school! It was during this school year that science was split into separate subjects; chemistry, biology, and physics. I really loved all of the chemistry lessons and decided to look at potential careers involving chemistry. I found that chemistry is the science involved in making medicines and this really fascinated me. I decided to study how to design medicine in university and from that went on to do a PhD in this subject as well πŸ™‚ After my PhD I would love to work in a company that makes medicine to treat cancer!

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      Beth Poulton answered on 25 Jun 2020:

      I always enjoyed going to the science centre in primary school and was very interested in physics in high school. Later I found my love for biology and infectious disease which led me onto working on mosquitoes