Science: Expectations vs Reality

At the beginning of our week at the Science Gallery, we had a very narrow view of what science was. During the week we realised how creative and diverse science can be and how Science and Art really overlap in many different ways.

Our expectations of the kind of science we’d be doing this week were the stereotypical kind of science we do in school. We had an image of an old man in a lab coat and thought that it mainly involves just lots of analysing and logic. Where as in reality scientists are young, creative, imaginative people working to solve real life problems using science. Scientists have to be innovative and use their imagination to find the solution to various problems.

In school we are taught science as a structured, isolated subject but the Science Gallery opened our eyes to the strong overlap between science and art and the connections between them.

Through various workshops we were shown how science is an important element of many different career sectors. Science offers such a wide and diverse selection of careers and there are so many different career paths to choose from. For example there’s computer science, nutrition and wellness, farming, social science, electronics and more. Scientists also work with citizens, companies, lawyers, politicians, manufacturers, educators and Gardaí to educate and inform people about science.

Going into this week we shared the common perception that you need to complete a degree in science in order to have a career in science. However through talking to various graduates and employees working in science we learnt that there are lots of different ways to enter the field of science. You can take a course in arts, or humanities and use the knowledge you have to work in science. You can do work experience and apprenticeships to build knowledge of science and enter careers that way. You can pursue science in you spare time and use science in your artwork. We found this very interesting and even a bit of a relief. It gives us the opportunity to do whatever we want with our lives. Leaving cert points aren’t everything.

After learning more about the reality of scienceb we feel that we can apply our new knowledge of science to our school and everyday life. We learned about Citizen Science, where Citizens volunteer to do science and carry out scientific research. This made us want to do Citizen Science in our school.

Overall our views and ideas have changed throughout the week through meeting with different people and experiencing new things and we all have a different view and way of thinking about science now. Before we thought that science was boring or bleak, that it was just experiments and results and a workload. Now we think that science is innovative, dynamic, interactive and interesting. This makes us much more excited about doing science in the future.

By Aislinn, Alannah, Aoife, Sarah and Matthew.


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