The 90s were a beautiful time in history. Besides the abundance of woolen sweaters and teenage angst, the era managed to make science cool for children and encourage them into a world of grueling competition and pain, oh the pain to pursue a fulfilling lifetime education in the sciences. Perhaps that’s an exaggerated, nostalgic view on our part. In any case, it seems that today’s Californian youth are not quite as happy — they are lagging behind in terms of science education. read more »