• Question: did you enjoy science at school?

    Asked by mclovin12 to Jo, Loren, Lucy, Sam, Toby on 23 Jun 2014. This question was also asked by kira1998.
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      Jo Nettleship answered on 23 Jun 2014:

      Hi mclovin12,
      I liked science at school and particularly doing practicals. My favourites were chemistry and physics. In chemistry I remember making extracts from orange skin which smelled really nice. In physics, my favourite experiment was measuring the speed of sound by standing at the opposite ends of the playing field and watching someone banging two things together which we could see and then measuring when we could hear it.
      Do you enjoy science?

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      Loren Macdonald answered on 23 Jun 2014:

      Yes, I did. I loved it. I was mainly interested in biology up until I was in year 11 but then when I went to Sixth Form, I really got interested in Chemistry as things started to make more sense with more detail. I’m really interested in physics but I wasn’t so keen at school and didn’t study it at sixth form- it’s something I like to read about but I’m not so good at maths so it’s not really my strong point!

      I had always wanted to do something science related because I had enjoyed it. I just wasn’t sure whether as a scientist or in the medical route. We did cool practicals in biology where we extracted DNA from an onion and I thought that was amazing. That was when I started getting interested in Genetics.

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      Lucy Remnant answered on 23 Jun 2014:

      When I was in school I always enjoyed science but never as much as I do now. The older I have gotten and the more information I learn the more I enjoy it.

      I always used to enjoy practicals and now that’s basically what I do every day, lots of practical experiments. I also have to do lots of reading to help me learn and understand my results but it’s the experiments I enjoy most!

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      Sam Lear answered on 23 Jun 2014:

      Yes definitely, although it certainly got more interesting the longer I did it. Later on in school you get to choose what subjects you want to do, and then you can really specialize with a degree – so it’s really fun being able to do the things that you find most interesting.

      I also really liked doing practical work in chemistry, and there’s certainly lots of this if you do a degree. Research is really different to studying as well, and I definitely enjoy it much more. Doing chemistry that has a real application is exciting.

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      Tobias Warnecke answered on 23 Jun 2014:

      Yes and no. I mostly liked biology (not everything, obviously. I found developmental biology quite boring to be honest).
      I also liked chemistry. Mainly, I think, because we had a great teacher.
      Didn’t like physics too much. At the time, I wasn’t too keen on maths, and physics had too much of that for my liking.