GROWING UP My first hands-on STEM inquiry involved a roll of toilet paper and a long hallway. I was five at the time. My childhood was filled with outdoor family adventures, girl scouts, and books - I love to read!
So you might think that I’d study writing. Instead, I studied biology. After a month trading seeds with harvester ants, I decided insects are cool and I headed to grad school to learn more about them. Then, off to teach science at an alternative high school where I met the love of my life.
Collecting data on bumble bees at RMBL in the Rocky Mountains
Lou and I setting off on our Appalachian Trail hike
Hiking with my sister in Utah
My children’s earliest science experiments involved mud. Ants on the counter? A perfect opportunity to study food preferences: do they like sugars or fats? Birdseed raiders? Let’s engineer a squirrel-proof feeder. And like scientists everywhere, we wanted to share what we learned.
Surveying early spiders in my hayfield.
… AND WRITING
So I began writing about our backyard science explorations for Home Education Magazine. I took over the science column for a parenting bimonthly and began reporting for community newspapers.
Turns out, I like to write. Especially about the cool stuff waiting to be discovered right out my back door!