On my first few days at Trajan, I took my first tour around the factory and the research and development site, where all the magic happens. At first, so many things that were explained to me were hard to understand because of their technicality.
Yet despite all the confusion I experienced, I thought to myself this new position will allow me to actually explore more of the science world and become STEM-smarter every day, even if the last science, chemistry, physics, and math classes I took were over 16 years ago.
When I was at secondary school, I never used to pay attention to science classes, not because I thought it wasn’t important, but because I had other interests in other subjects. I always thought that there would be some other students in the class, who might be more interested than I am, and become scientists and serve this world.
But here I am, starting from point zero in my new job at Trajan Scientific and Medical. I wish I paid more attention to science classes back then! I am actually amazed by how it relates to my daily life.
Have you ever thought as a parent, or wanting to become one, how important is science and technology education in schools?
I am sure you have noticed that the world is shifting towards technology every day and there are a vast number of smart products emerging to make the job easier for many industries everywhere. Some of us feel the need to cope with this and equip the children with the right education to survive and flourish in a technologically and scientifically advanced world. But some might not.
According to the National Curriculum Board in Australia, “The science curriculum foster an interest in science and curiosity and willingness to speculate about and explore the world. Students should be able to engage in communication of and about science, value evidence and scepticism, and question scientific claims made by others.
They should be able to identify and investigate scientific questions, draw evidence-based conclusions and make informed decisions about their own health and wellbeing. Science is a human endeavour that students should learn to appreciate and apply to daily life.”
But to engage a stubborn student like me, back then, in science, the class had to probably explain more on how it connects with my daily life and affect the quality of it.
Florian Lapierre is one of Trajan scientists, who recently developing a new device, hemaPEN® to collect and store blood in an accurate volume and in an efficient manner. When I asked him about what might interest a student to be involved in science classes, he suggested that practical science education can initiate interest and curiosity within students. He said, as a child, he always enjoyed playing with Lego, which was a big driver for his creativity.
As I move in my science journey at Trajan every day, I figured, learning more about the practical uses of some technical, scientific processes in everyday life brings up questions about our understanding of science and its applications around us. Let me tell you more about what I am learning in my next posts, it’s actually fascinating!