Today I registered to be a scientific pen-pal for another year. This will be my ... 5th? 6th?! year participating in this program. Each year, you get paired with a student between 4th grade and 12th grade, and exchange letters. I learn so much about communicating my work from breaking it down for students. It is also very rewarding to change the image students carry of what a scientist is. As much as we write about school, we write about our pets, our hobbies, and our hopes. I have a file folder of all the previous letters from my penpals, so I'm hoping to add 4 more this year!