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Pedagogical research shows that inquiry-driven, collaborative learning in science works best in attracting and retaining science students. Generational theorists tell us that Millenials are team-oriented, risk-averse digital natives. Current thinking in science education has much in common with current thinking on how best to teach millennial students. This paper describes using wikis in the science laboratory to collaboratively write laboratory reports. Using peer reviews and group discussion, the focus is not only on the content of the finished lab report, but also on science writing as a creative and iterative process. Collaborative writing with wikis plays to the strengths of millennial students while helping improve their ability to reflect on their own learning and on the process of science.