• Question: what got you intrested in science? what attracted you?

    Asked by 09ilubm1 to Usaid, Becky, Carrie, Kelly, Robin on 15 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by sboyle, mdrannikova.
    • Photo: Robin Stafford Allen

      Robin Stafford Allen answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      • This is the same answer that I have given to others, but I was growing up during the moon-landings. These and Concorde are the projects that I thought were fantastic and greatly encouraged me to do engineering, which I rather regards in my case of being paid for having fun most of the time!
      I had the most amazing father who was an aeronautical engineer (designs aeroplanes) and was a flight engineer in the RAF in the war. He used to encourage me to take the lawnmower or the rotovator to bits and repair them, and then I had a small motorbike (BSA) and my first car when I was 12, which of course could only be driven about 50 yards as it was not, of course, allowed on the roads (it was too old and i was too young!), but I could take it to bits and put it back together to keep it going. Regards Robin

    • Photo: Becky Selwyn

      Becky Selwyn answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I enjoyed understanding how things worked and learning the theories behind everything, which was what science was all about to me. I then realised that I didn’t just want to understand – I wanted to use that knowledge to solve new problems, so engineering was the next step after school.