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YES! Intern Talk – 'Learning by Doing at the National Zoo'

Bibiana, an intern at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, is used to learning from lectures in school. During her internship, her mentor taught her how to care for and feed the animals, by letting her try it on her first day. Now she believes all students should be taught interactively.

The Smithsonian Institution’s Youth Engagement through Science (YES!) internship program gives teens from communities that are underrepresented in STEM careers the opportunity to work with Smithsonian scientists and other experts. These young people from the greater Washington, D.C., area work on science research projects, and get science communication and college preparation training over the course of the program.

As part of the 2017 YES! program, the interns created these TED-style talks to share their stories.