Dr. Donovan P. German—a professor at University of California, Irvine has formed a collaboration with Ms. Rita Phillips, a biology teacher at Valencia High School. Once a month during the school year, Dr. German, his graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, go to VHS and engage the general biology classes with hands-on, inquiry-based biology activities aimed at increasing their interest in STEM. With the help of Ms. Phillips, Dr. German and his crew develop full lesson plans that meet Science Content Standards/Common Core Curriculum for California Public Schools, and introduce the students to the excitement of discovery. The eventual goal of the program is to directly involve VHS students in research activities at UC Irvine, and begin earnestly training the next generation of scientists and engineers. I am excited to tell you that Dr. German just received a grant from the National Science Foundation that includes money to fund the UCI-VHS program. We, therefore, want to call the program TIGERS –Targeted Instruction Generating Excitement about Research and Science. We look forward to this becoming more fruitful in the years to come. The effects of the program are already taking hold, as Ms. Phillips shared that the VHS biology students are eagerly awaiting their next encounter with the UCI scientists. It appears that students, and scientists alike, are enjoying this exchange.