• Question: What advice would you give for someone who wants to develop a passion for science?

    Asked by <3 SCIENCE! to Kevin, Liz, Beccy, Rosie on 12 Jun 2017.
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      anon answered on 12 Jun 2017:

      Learn all different sorts of science – see what you really love? What makes you really want to learn more? Use the web to find out what sorts of jobs there are. There are lots of resources now to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) widely accessible. See if you can do work experience (I’m not sure how old you are – so maybe this will happen later). But don’t decide on a speciality too soon – keep those options open. Some areas of science are changing so quickly right now.

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      Rosie Fok answered on 12 Jun 2017:

      Read about science, seek out those who write well about it (I always loved reading Richard Dawkins when I was at school), watch some of the TED talks (really inspiring).

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      Liz Buckingham-Jeffery answered on 12 Jun 2017:

      Just do what you enjoy. Think about what you have enjoyed the most at school so far and see if you can find extra interesting things to read online. Some scientists write really good blogs and there are interesting youtube videos now about science too.

      Also, see if there is a museum in your nearest town or city. Go and take a look, as there will be interesting things to see and learn about there. Sometimes universities have presentations in the evening about the science that they do or even give people the chance to have a tour around their labs. These events are (almost always) free and will be advertised on their website. Maybe see if the nearest university to you has anything like that available?

      And like Rosie said, TED talks are really good. They are only short videos, so are easy to watch. I usually watch them at the gym! And if I find them interesting then I read a bit more about the topic online and maybe even look for a book to teach me more. And if I don’t find a particular talk interesting then it doesn’t matter, it was only 10 minutes of my life!

      When I answered a similar question to this earlier, I suggested this TED talk that is related to the things we have been discussing in this zone as a good place to start! It is about the disease cholera and John Snow (no, not THAT Jon Snow!)