Jacqueline Genovesi, PhD, has over 25 years of experience working in informal STEM learning environments. She has been the Principle Investigator or co-Principle Investigator on four federally funded grants in the last 10 years. She has served as the lead on the development of three major exhibits at the Academy of Natural Sciences (The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery, Live Animal Experience, and Butterflies). As Vice President of Education at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, she leads a team of 14 full time staff in the development and implementation of engaging informal STEM experiences. Her research interests include: live animals and STEM learning; early childhood STEM experiences in informal learning environments; autism access and increasing women in STEM. Dr. Genovesi uses her academic knowledge combined with her 25 years of experience as a practitioner to inform and guide her research into practice projects. When Jacquie is not pursuing her passion to ensure everyone has access to great STEM experiences she enjoys hiking and going to the beach with her husband, three children and their German Shepard dog, Tucker. Although Tucker doesn’t enjoy surfing and swimming as much as the family does!