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You Only Need an Idea and Imagination: Why Kids Should Do Science Research

Student researchers hold the key to many important innovations, proving that you don’t need a doctorate or a professional laboratory to contribute to


"Well, the sky just, like, hugs the plane and picks it up and it goes in the air and that's how it flies. Like a spaceship," said one particularly precocious first-grader, waving his hand in the air so vigorously that he almost fell out of his chair.

Suddenly, 15 other hands shot up, the owner of each desperate to share his or her personal explanation of how a plane flies. The enthusiasm in the room was palpable—surprising considering that the kids had already endured a long school day.

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