• Question: if you have/are going to have children, will you encourage them into science?

    Asked by its jhon cener to Aaron, Abbey, Keith, Natalie, Pete on 9 Nov 2015.
    • Photo: Aaron Boardley

      Aaron Boardley answered on 9 Nov 2015:

      Yes and no:

      I absolutely will encourage them to explore and play and test and ask questions – this is what a scientist does. I love science and have seen first hand some of the great jobs a scientist can get, and how some of them can be very well paid. Plus, I know the UK is facing a shortage of people with science and maths skills – so I will definitely encourage my children (if I have any) to explore the science option.

      However, every person is different and it would be a dull world if we all did the same job! So, if they weren’t into science then that’s cool, I’d encourage them with whatever they wanted to do.

    • Photo: Keith Franklin

      Keith Franklin answered on 10 Nov 2015:

      I don’t think I’ll encourage them in a specific direction, however I will make sure they know about science, and if they find it interesting I will help them to find out more.

    • Photo: Natalie Garrett

      Natalie Garrett answered on 12 Nov 2015:

      I would love to encourage my (hypothetical) children to do whatever interests them, and I hope they’d be interested in science but I wouldn’t force it on them if they weren’t keen.