I believe that students – which includes not only those enrolled in schools but anyone with their mind open to learning – will learn the most about science when they are doing it themselves. Students need to make connections between what they are learning and other themes, motivations, and people in their lives. They need to enjoy the process of learning and be fully engaged along the way, laughing, finding solutions to obstacles, and developing their own questions. As STEM educators, we need to bridge the gap between science from a scientist’s perspective and science education in today’s global community. Here is some more information on the teaching I’ve been involved with: field, summer research, informal education, and class & lab.