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Can you remember the moment that sparked your interest in science?

The National Science Foundation posted this question on Twitter to draw peoples' attention to the power of STEM education.


“I went to a summer science sampler program at UNM and was inspired to make my own "bug box." My mom kept opening plastic containers in the freezer only to find my specimens awaiting pinning.”

—Kelly Paulson, Work Unit Manager of the 
Center for STEM Teaching and Learning (CSTL) 
 at at TERC

"I remember studying plants on hikes with my family, making fish prints at the local science center, and programming with our elementary school computer teacher. Both in-school and out-of-school experiences have been critical!"


—Teon Edwards, Chair of the Center for STEM Teaching and Learning (CSTL) at TERC

"I have always loved the outdoors and animals, and I wanted to be a vet for a long time. My parents didn't let me have a pet as a child, so I kept snails I found in the lettuce in a shoe box and observed them, fed them, and played with them for months." 

—Nuria Jaumot-Pascual, Senior Research Scientist