• Question: what would you say is the best thing about what you do?

    Asked by 10chlambert to SarahJane, Andrew on 26 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Sarah-Jane Walsh

      Sarah-Jane Walsh answered on 26 Jun 2013:

      I think the best thing is all the opportunities i get. I get to work on uninhabited islands which not many other people have ever been on. i wake up to beautiful tropical sunrises, walk along the beach to my lab, hang out on my hammock, get to see amazing animals and scuba dive for free! i also have met people like David Attenborough and worked on TV programs. Ive talked at schools, at the zoo at a huge conference in Australia, Ive been in newspapers, made my mum proud and still have years of fun left!

      Of course its not always the fun stuff, a lot of the time its hard work, long hours, its scary to talk in front of 2000 people, scared to get things wrong, lots of writing and lots of maths, but the fun stuff makes it all worth while!

    • Photo: Andrew Manches

      Andrew Manches answered on 26 Jun 2013:

      I make things. I use science to find out how people learn, what motivates us, how we can make complex ideas easier to understand, and then I use this knowledge to develop new kinds of technology. Importantly, I design technology that lets children make things using technology. Without my type of research, schools will become a lot less interesting..