“You are a creator, not just a regurgitator,” she said. “And I think that one of the big challenges in our messaging to the students is that science is not just about doing what other people have already done, it’s about defining your own experiment and studying the things that interest you.”
And that’s what excites Lynch — despite science being dominated by males. “There’s always something new to learn and there’s always new discoveries. . . . It’s time for women to really take their place in the science field because we are just as good as men,” she said.
Michaela Berry, 13, of Easton, agreed more girls should be in science — but maybe not her. “It’s not really one of my favorite subjects. Sometimes I think it gets a little boring.”
But Seraphina Machado, 14, of Easton, who wants to be a marine biologist, said she’s always finding new things in her ocean explorations, where she collects and examines sea life.
“They are beautiful creatures to me,” she said.
And perhaps exploration is where it all starts, as Angle will attest as she aims to impart her love of science to children.
“I want it to be loud, I want it to be smelly, I want it to explode and burn, because that’s what real science is about,” she said. “It gets them excited — it’s not contrived, it’s real.”