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Student inquiry projects with first graders? What a frightening idea! At least that’s what one first-grade teacher thought until she actually did it. Although she taught and extended the inquiry-based science kits with gusto, she had done little to empower her students to seek the answers to their own questions, truly embracing the spirit of inquiry. This became especially clear when she joined the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Student Inquiry Project. One of their responsibilities as a part of this effort was to support students in preparing student inquiry projects (SIPs) for a conference so a year was spent working toward this goal step by step.