In week 4 we were lucky to Skype with a real life scientist! His name was James. James is a biochemist. We discovered that a biochemist is someone who studies chemical reactions and processes of living things. James studies allergies in particular.
After we found out what type of scientist James was and what he studied, we brainstormed a list of questions we could ask him. Here is our list of questions we hoped could be answered:
- How old were you when you became interested in science?
- Why did you want to become a biochemist?
- Did you want to be something else instead of a biochemist?
- How did you become a scientist?
- How many years were you in university?
- How many years have you been a biochemist?
- What interested you about allergies?
- Do you work with a mate (friend)?
- How many people work in your lab?
- Do you have a lab? What does your lab look like?
- Do you use chemicals in your work?
- Do you have a boss?
- Do you have time to hang out with friends or do you work all the time?
- Do you enjoy being a scientist?
- How many things do you know about science?
- How do people have allergies? Why do people have allergies to different things?
- How do you figure out people’s allergies?
- Why is Spring the most common season for hay fever?
- What is anaphylaxis?
- Why do milk allergies (or any allergies) go away when people get older?
- Why does America have the most percent of allergies?
- How many people have allergies?
- Can allergies pass from one person to another?
As you can see, we had a LOT of questions!
When we Skyped James it was very cool! He answered as many of our questions as he could. We listened to a lot of information that day!
Have you ever Skyped a scientist or spoken to another expert in something? What did you learn?