But on reflecting about crafting/baking and science, I realised recently that when I was a teenager thinking about "what I wanted to be when grew up", I didn't really think that the two could exist. I was invited by my old high school biology teacher to come and give a presentation to a group of Year 9 students and it got me thinking about when I was in Year 9 what I thought about "scientists". I always loved science, but I never thought I could be a "scientist" because:
- Scientists are very serious people
- Scientists are rarely female and must be tall. And old.
- Science is only conducted in a laboratory. Chemists and biologists only look at little things, like chemicals, genes, cells or other microscopic things. Or alternatively, they study the behaviour of exotic animals, out in the middle of nowhere in extreme weather conditions. Physicists sound boring and is only for old, serious, grumpy, balding men.
- All scientists only wear lab coats and gloves and dorky glasses.
- All scientists must be super intelligent.
- If I do science and creative things like baking and sewing, I can't be a serious scientist.
Gib and I being what scientists should be: super smart but boring, labcoat/glasses wearing dorks, who never, ever have any fun.
I finished high school loving science but being confused as to what I could be. All because my concept of what a scientist is was very skewed. I have since learned:
- Scientists can have a sense of humour.
- Scientists can be short, female and young.
- Not all laboratories are stark white with bottles of strange liquids and pipettes everywhere.
- Not all laboratories are designed for studying little things, but can for studying big, whole things too, and you don't always need to wear a lab coat and protective glasses.
- Not all scientists are super intelligent.
- Scientists can also bake, sew, fix cars, take part in contact sports, sky dive, make sculptures, knit, have children and still be scientists.