They ask me what I do and who I do it for.
Them. These were some of the students I had the pleasure of sharing science with when I was an NSF GK12 Fellow at Normandy Senior High School.
Students in the classroom doing hands on science lessons studying microbes under a microscope.
Students outdoors checking nest boxes.
Students at a nature center doing hands on urban ecology observations.
In those moments, they really were scientists. And it's for students just like these (and many more) that I do outreach.
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