• Question: do you enjoy all aspects of science?

    Asked by candyfloss03 to Jessica, Andrew, Jade, Kevin, Lynn on 19 Jun 2015. This question was also asked by jellybaby, elephant5, FootballFred03, OPscorpi0n, Sheldon, moles, Twurtle.
    • Photo: Jess Wade

      Jess Wade answered on 19 Jun 2015:

      I love experiments and writing up experiments. I also love the teaching I can do. I love the freedom to take my creativity from art and cooking and put it in the lab- use my cooking skills to measure molecules of conductors not molecules of onions! Sometimes it gets really stressful when you can’t work out why something is happening, or often why it isn’t happening!

      I don’t like when experiments go wrong. Sometimes when I’m heating my molecules up to 350 C they set on fire ! Then there are some awful smells. Once something did a weird thing called ‘subliming’- it changed straight from a solid to a gas without becoming liquid. That’s like an ice cube becoming steam without being water! It went everywhere, and painted the ceiling of our lab neon orange! This happens in the kitchen too- me and my dad have competitions to see who can cut the celery and carrots the smallest. Once we spent about two hours preparing all of the ingredients and browning the meat, then we added a cube of fish stock rather than beef stock! Nightmare! We had to throw the whole thing away!

    • Photo: Jade Owen

      Jade Owen answered on 22 Jun 2015:

      Pretty much! It’s great to explore all the different experiments – but there are some chemicals which are really really smelly! For example buteric acid is like smelly feet that haven’t been washed for months (yuck!).