When do experiences with science lead young people to create change in their lives and communities?
As educators and researchers, we are focused on joining young people in the work of learning, doing, and using science to improve the world we share. This means thinking about young people as community leaders and people who do science. We also need to understand and strengthen the connection between “learning science” and “making change in the world. The concept of environmental science agency (ESA) helps us do this.