Today I was mesmerized by 40 students who came to science academy with a determination to learn everything they could in one hour. They collaborated, discussed, debated, experimented, tested, designed, and LEARNED! I watched 7 year olds go toe-to-toe with 12 year olds and prove why they were right in their predictions. I am so thankful that I teach in schools that allow me to hold afterschool science academies for students. We were STEM before STEM was cool!