Dr P. spent a great hour talking about science education and careers in STEM with nearly 300 12-year old students at Bukit Panjang Primary School. It so happens Dr P. attended this same school nearly 20 years ago and it was great to be back giving a talk as an alumni.
The 45 min Q&A session was a particular highlight because there were numerous questions spanning a whole range of topics. Dr P. was especially impressed by a young boy who asked her if the gender pay inequality existed in science. He also her asked what the trade off was between economic growth and environmental sustainability. Other questions included queries about the Big Bang, how hurricanes are formed, the role of humans in triggering earthquakes, what it was like studying overseas as well as which came first, the chicken or the egg. Overall it was a truly enjoyable experience. But as usual, this is Singapore... so the very first question was "How much money do you make?".