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A celebration of our scientific and mathematical understanding of our universe, from the building blocks in education to the upper echelons of academia.
Science and mathematics are essential tools to comprehend the happenings of our universe. The key to the door of understanding is education and this week we have been celebrating the British Science Week, and this takes the education of both science and mathematics from as early as 3–5-year-olds to A-levels and rejoicing at the fact we can learn about the secrets of our world.

As a student at the University of Chester studying Physics, this event means a lot to me as I remember how amazed I was about learning about something as simple as water boiling, which now I can relate to thermodynamics. Another focus of this report is how Coronavirus has impacted learning in general at the early levels to university level.

Commending Science Education
When you were young you most likely had science as a class, you’d learn about evolution, electricity and evaporation, and now these are something we consider common knowledge. This would not be possible if we did not have such a drive for understanding, if you as a reader could take a moment and think about your favourite experiment you carried out and celebrate how that taught you about the process you were investigating, this is what this week is about! Check out more about this at the British Science Week website.

This however is not the only focus of this week, as there is a stigma that surrounds science; the lab coat, the goggles, the mad hair, this does not define science nor mathematics. Anyone can be a scientist, the term scientist is an umbrella term for someone who carries out research – this could be biology, chemistry, physics or engineering. Check out what the Science Council say about defining a scientist.

A Student’s Experience
2020-2021 has been a year to remember, it sure has thrown a spanner in the works for university life for one. The shift from in-person lectures was difficult at first, however after the process had been ironed out the teaching was still the high-quality education you would expect from a university. The key being communication; if us as the students have any queries the staff were impeccable at answering within hours, not only this the year, as a whole, it has been well set out and I can only commend the staff for all the work they have put in. I am sure most students will say the most difficult part of this year (especially for first years) is that loss of social interaction with friends and likeminded people, this I can agree with whole heartedly, however the health and wellbeing of the country is priority one, so it’s just a case of holding out for the ability to see those friends until it is safe to do so.

The science week has made me grateful for the opportunity to learn about the things I do, not just because of the job I will get at the end, but more for the fact that knowledge is power, and that is something to be celebrated. So, thank you teachers, lecturers and all the staff involved in these industries. Science and mathematics are integral to our future and however we learn, be it online talking with our lecturers or in the classroom with all the relevant guidelines in place, it is something to be grateful for. 

Final Thoughts
I would have written ‘conclusion’ if it were not for the vast number of times I have had to write ‘conclusion’ in my reports. Back to the subject at hand, I have some final thoughts for you as the reader. Being able to look at the world and say you understand even a fraction of the processes in it, that is a gift. Say you understand how to make solar cells that make our planet a greener place then you have contributed, if you understand how to identify an unknown substance using spectroscopy then you have contributed to the advance of science, if you are in school learning about the different phases of matter, solid, liquid and gas then you have stepped onto the path of science and let me tell you, that walk down it is a beautiful place…you have contributed.

 

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