• Question: quite a few of the scientists want to go into schools and talk to the children, what makes you different? What makes your visit and input different and more important than others?

    Asked by mollieandkatey to Mariam, Jo on 18 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
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      Joanna Watson answered on 15 Jun 2010:

      My visit would be different because I want to create lessons that help students to understand the medical stories that are in the news. Sometimes all the different stories can be confusing and the journalists often make things sounds really scary when they’re not. I think it would be great if more people knew how to find out the truth behind these stories so that they can work out which ones are important and which ones are not.

    • Photo: Mariam Orme

      Mariam Orme answered on 18 Jun 2010:

      That’s a great question. Every scientist is different and has a different specialist knowledge, so each person who visits a school will bring something different to the students. I try to make science interesting and fun, and if I won the money I would spend it on equipment to get the students to do an experiment (I’m thinking about extracting DNA from strawberries – it would be relatively cheap and easy, and safe, and hopefully it would be fun and cool for kids to actually see DNA; what do you think?).

      But at the end of the day, I can’t honestly say that I would be better than other scientists, just different.