In this issue, we
got back to what makes science education fun.In putting this issue together, we chose not to wring our hands and instead got back to what makes science education—sorry, but that's what it's called—fun. We profile Quin Etnyre, an eighth-grade electronics prodigy who is trying to change the way students learn by teaching the joy of hands-on engineering. Turns out that when a kid builds a fart detector using Arduino technology, he doesn't get in trouble. Instead, the school begins building a DIY-electronics curriculum. We've also included some joy for adults. Our infographic about aftermarket education—the online courses that allow you to study such varied topics as physics and videogame design without leaving home—is a guide for anyone who wishes he were someone else— Indiana Jones, maybe, or an alien hunter. And lastly, we've completed our seventh roundup of "awesome labs," chosen not for the dignity of their research or the distinction of their faculty, but because they let you stuff a dead body into the trunk of a car or build your own fireworks; in short, labs that just rock.