Science is fun. Kids know that. The moment we say, “I wonder what would happen if…” or “Why is the sky blue?” we are budding scientists. Contrary to what we may later get beaten into us later by a poor teacher, science isn’t about memorizing facts, though that may sometimes be necessary. It’s about figuring things out. Then discovering we were wrong and figuring them out again, better. Then again, better yet.
As a science writer, I get to see all of this in action. I talk to scientists about their latest research. I attend science meetings, listen to the researchers argue (usually politely), look at the data, and do my best to communicate the whole process to the public, ideally without making too many mistakes in the process.
To the extent I stay mentally young, this is what does it.
Science is fun.