Along the way, I met and married my husband, who is a really smart and creative person, but is very far from being a "nerdy brainiac". He was not a scientist when we met, but after the first few years we were married, he went back to college and developed an interest in chemistry. He went on to get a Ph.D and is now a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I realized from observing him over the years that 1) science is really interesting and cool, and 2) that you don't have to be a brainiac to do it, but you do have to work hard to learn it well, and 3) that I wish I'd figured this out before, because I should have studied entomology or wildlife ecology.
|I observe and photograph flowers and butterflies in our Butterfly Garden|
|Insect Trap in our yard--part of the Wildlife Survey|
|Bee Housing (Some of the apartments are already rented!)|
Here are some links to Citizen Science and Self Directed Study:
Project Feeder Watch
Mapping the Brain at Eyewire.org
NPR Story about Creating your own education path