Science is one of the most helpful areas of study for the human race. The world we live in today would be a different place if it weren’t for the amazing discoveries made by scientists – both past and future. Their ideas, research, experiments, publications and determination are an inspiration to those that follow in their footsteps. People like you! So, how do you grow from aspiring student to professional scientist?
Developing curiosity about everyday activities is a great way to start. Do you find yourself wondering how a car works or why plants or animals show certain characteristics? Like you, scientists are naturally curious and make a life out of asking lots of questions. They observe and create theories through research and experimentation. Scientists are adventure-seekers, discovering new medicines and sending rockets to outer space. Below are some scientists who followed their curiosities and as a result have had amazing science careers.
Jane Goodall observed and sketched native birds and animals. She was given a stuffed monkey as a child and since then dreamed of traveling to Africa to observe exotic animals in their natural habitats.
Neil Armstrong developed a fascination with flight at an early age and earned his student pilot's license when he was 16.
Bill Nye got his start in comedy after winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, and went on to work as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night, eventually quitting to become Bill Nye the Science Guy.
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"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple." -Willy Wonka