• Question: Evaluate the reasons why scientists encourage the younger population to aspire into science, such as this very website?

    Asked by bones to Jamie, Jodie, Kat, Mark, Niamh on 24 Mar 2011 in Categories: .
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      Niamh Nic Daeid answered on 16 Mar 2011:

      Hi Bones

      I think I might have given you a hint in some of my earlier answers… science helps to understand the world around you but also to develop new technologies and ways of improving how we live our lives and interact with our world. The involvement and enthusiasm of the younger population is really important to keep developing our knowledge in future generations.

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      Jamie Pringle answered on 16 Mar 2011:

      Hi bones,

      We all need replacing with newer models!

      But seriously, there is a real shortage of young scientists and both the UK and the world will suffer, both economically, environmentally, etc. I dont know why secondary schools turn off students to science, primary school children are really keen on science.

      Can you shed any light on this?

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      Mark Hill answered on 17 Mar 2011:

      Hi Bones, Passion for their subject. I am passionate about my job and thoroughly enjoy explaining my role to those that are interested.

      I believe that, if science is going to progress, in all its many disciplines, then the younger generation need to be enthused and inspired by us older members of the scientific world, to pursue their interests and a career in science.

      I enjoy the moment when the ‘penny drops’ with students, when they see how ‘boring’ maths and physics has a practical application, for example, in reconstructing collisions and working out vehicle seeps etc..

      The more interest that people show, the more I am enthused to explain my role. I am merely a police officer, who has a keen interest in science and crash investigation, but for whom I believe that I have found a strength.

      Lecturing and giving demonstrations of my job is all important to capture young peoples interst in science, at a time when they are making big career decisions.


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      Jodie Dunnett answered on 23 Mar 2011:

      I think that it is very important to engage young people in science. Scientific subjects play such a massive role in our every day life (not just in forensic science) that we cannot afford to “run out” of people studying these subjects as we need them for the future.

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      Katherine Davies answered on 24 Mar 2011:


      Passing on scientific knowledge is vital. Can you imagine a world without science? Look around you and see if you can find something that doesnt involve science? If we dont inspire young people to get involved and excited about science, scientific, medical and technological advances would stop and the human race wouldnt develop or possibly even survive.

      Think of all the crimes that wouldn’t be solved if fingerprinting analysis was not developed!

      This website is ingenious – what other opportunities are there for students to speak to an experienced scientist, and realise we are real people, with normal lives, who are not aliens!! And what we do does make a difference, and students can do it and reach their potential too.