IS SCIENCE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Do you ever wonder why a paper
clip is attracted to a magnet? Do you ever wonder what a magnet is?
Do you know what electricity is, how it is made, or how it is turned
into useful energy to power a fan? If you have an interest in knowing
the answers to these questions and many more like them, then you probably
have an interest in science. Whether you have a slight curiosity or
a burning desire to know the answers, your interest in science is important.
Obviously Calvin's dad, in the comic strip below, does not know much
involvement in science is important
Your involvement in science is important because our world
is becoming increasingly technical and dependent on applied science.
The more you know about science, the more you will understand about
the world around you. Your knowledge about science will likely be useful
for knowing why something has stopped working and what repairs may be
needed. It may be hard to believe, but almost everything you learn will
be useful to you at some time in your life. It may make you a more well-rounded
and interesting person who can carry on a conversation. It may lead
to an interesting hobby. A strong science background will most likely
be important for your future careers.
Cans and CDs
Things like pop cans and CDs,
things we would not want to live without, are all products of science.
Who knows where a science background will be useful? It will be essential
if you become an engineer, scientist, science teacher, or follow some
other science-related field. A science background is also very useful
in occupations that involve transportation, entertainment, medicine
and the law. In additions, all those support people, such as, secretaries,
assistants, and graphic designers need science too. Since our world
increasingly relies on technology, jobs are also becoming more technical.
At this point in your life
you may not have decided what career field to pursue and that is okay.
However, it is important that you keep developing your science and math
skills so that your career options are kept wide open. You are probably
not even aware of many of the technical fields in which you could develop
careers. One of these lesser-known career fields that you will become
more aware of through this material is nondestructive testing (NDT).