Hobbies and Passions : Do you have your own FreakyDeekys pillow? (Photos)

Craft project for kids: Origami-style gift envelope

QUESTION : How long have you been sewing /crafting? JENNIFER : I’ve been crafting since I was a child but just in the past three years have I been sewing. I’ve painted murals, crafts and also made jewelry. QUESTION : What inspires you to create your link items?
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Hobbies: idle pastimes or keys to science engagement?

A few representatives from my childhood rock and mineral collection. Photo by Jean Flanagan

More recently, Adam Maltese and Robert Tai published results from interviews with 116 scientists and science wholesale beads graduate students (in physics and chemistry) about their first engagement with science. The authors found that 45% of the interviewees described their interest as intrinsic or self-directed, (as opposed to stemming from school or family influence) with many mentioning tinkering and hobbies, and 65% of the interviewees reported that their interest in science began before middle school. Of course other factors strongly influence persistence in science education and careers, including gender and socioeconomic status. And interest alone is not understanding it isnt enough to succeed in science classes or careers.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://blogs.plos.org/scied/2013/04/22/hobbies-idle-pastimes-or-keys-to-science-engagement/

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