I am currently a middle school science educator who believes students should be actively engaged in their own learning. For the past 4+ years, I have been constructing my understanding and use of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and creating hands-on learning experiences for my students. As a result, I have created inquiry based curricula that incorporate STEM projects, lab activities, and the science/engineering practices of the NGSS. Through reflection and revision of lessons, I encourage my students to investigate the world in which we live and to explore how it works. My goal is to collaborate with like-minded educators as I continue to grow my experience and understanding of STEM education and NGSS.