How to Find Students' Inner Geek

Our family has two special pets, Shine and Shimmer. Place them under black light, and they will glow green. They are transgenic nude mice, which means that they have no fur but possess genetic material from another species: in this case, green fluorescent protein from jellyfish.

When my daughter's kindergarten class had "pet week" last March, I brought Shine and Shimmer to the class. Our slightly smelly, very unusual rodents fascinated the kids. They listened to everything I had to say