Post-doc John Steele, a mentor from NYAS's "Summer Matters" program, teaches kids about DNA transcription.

This summer I spent a few days at Booker T. Washington Middle School on the Upper West Side with a bunch of 12-to-14-year-olds and two post-docs, doing some pretty basic—and surprisingly fun—science experiments. The end results is this podcast, in which I profile the New York Academy of Sciences’ “Summer Matters” STEM* mentoring program. Go on, take a look at—or at least have a listen to—hands-on science education in action.

*STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

UPDATE (8/30): Click here to watch an audio-slideshow of a “DNA-relay” at Booker T.