There’s been much talk over the past few years of how to make STEM fields more appealing to young students. The latest theory holds that they key is to connect students to the sciences by personalizing them. That is, telling them the stories of scientists to help them understand why STEM is so important. Research suggests that context and history play a strong role in connecting science and engineering theory with practice, but students often know only little about the history behind great scientific discoveries. If all students know about the history of science stops when the apple fell on Newton’s head how can they be expected to grasp why their lessons are relevant in the fast-paced modern world? Teaching who Marie Curie was can do a lot more to inspire students than simply teaching what she discovered. Read the full piece in US News and World Report.