Even as a die-hard science geek, molecular biologist Melanie Peffer found her science classes painfully boring. It wasn’t until she started engaging in authentic scientific inquiry in real-world labs that she realized science is actually nothing like what she learned in school.

Real-world science is dynamic, she discovered. It’s messy. And above all, it’s a verb — something you do.

Yet too many students have come to view science as a noun, or something they can passively learn about by listening to the teacher, following the lab recipe or reading a textbook.

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  • About the Author:

    Nicole Krueger is a freelance writer and journalist with a passion for finding out what makes learners tick.