• Question: When did you start being a scientist?

    Asked by ferret to Gareth, Rebecca, Hanna, Marie, Matthew, Raashid on 4 Mar 2019. This question was also asked by Emma, lays chatt, Holly, Ruby, hazel, kye, Gracie, tigerourjh2.
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      Gareth Nye answered on 4 Mar 2019:


      I started in school! Doing practicals and experiments in secondary school made me feel like a scientist but really anyone who has ever wondered about the world or the biology on it is a scientist! Even my two year old daughter is being a scientist when she explores play doh or uses her doctors kit

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      Rebecca Gosling answered on 4 Mar 2019:


      At school! I loved doing experiments and when I got to put on a lab coat and goggles I felt like a proper scientist! Being a scientist is just about asking questions about why things are they way they are and exploring them. You are all being scientists by asking the questions that you are.

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      Hanna Jeffery answered on 4 Mar 2019:


      Probably aged about 5, in the garden, trying to make perfume from flowers and rainwater!

      I didn’t think of myself as a scientist when I was at school because they tried to make science ‘exciting’ with bangs and stuff, which I hate. But I have always loved puzzles and started to get interested in how forensic scientists spend ages putting together broken things together again.

      As the others have said, being a scientist is all about wanting to understand how things work in the world.

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      Matthew Smith answered on 13 Mar 2019:


      Like the others i think i started in school. I was interested in how things worked and lots of questions to my parents/ teachers about why things work the way they do. You are all doing rally similar things in Ask and Chat with us!

      I started my proper training about 10 years ago though, at university.

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      Marie Cameron answered on 14 Mar 2019:


      At school, like the others. I was so lucky because I had great teachers for maths and science, so I learned to love those subjects early! I was always naturally curious, so loved to find out why things happened, and how things worked. Because I have had different types of job I have done different types of science. I have done laboratory science experiments, but also big medical experiments to find out what medicines or treatments are best for certain illnesses. I’m so lucky to have had so much variety in my career. 🙂

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