Junior Academy of Science

Junior Academy of Science
More than 400 middle and high school students from public, private and home schools across the region experience hands-on opportunities in science, engineering, technology and medicine through the Junior Academy.
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Watch Our Featured Videos

Watch Our Featured Videos
We film a number of our broad range of science speakers, tours, and community-wide public talks, workshops and citizen science events. Find popular talks such as Higgs Boson and the Fate of the Universe and Cyberforensics.
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Upcoming Events

Rebuilding the American City: Models of Design and Planning

April 21 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to high school students and adults. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park. Featured Speaker: Patty Heyda, Assistant Professor of Urban Design, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis What is the spatial and social impact of the political economy in urban areas? Patty Heyda, assistant professor of urban design at Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University, explores the politics and spaces of urban redevelopment in St. Louis and other areas, looking especially at the particularities of American downtown redevelopment in the first decades of the new millennium.

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The Coffee Route: From Peru’s Chilchos Valley to Local Harvest in St. Louis

April 22 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Registration required. $5 per person. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome. Featured Speaker: Rainer Willi Bussmann, Ph.D., Director and Curator for Economic Botany, William L. Brown Center, Missouri Botanical Garden -- coffee tasting and lecture In 2008 in collaboration with local Kuva Coffee Company, the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden brought Cafe Peru Chilchos from Peru's Chilchos Valley to Local Harvest Grocery here in St. Louis. This environmentally and economically sustainable coffee is grown without artificial fertilizers or chemicals under shade trees in the the Chilchos Valley's dense cloud forests.

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The Elephant on the Curb

April 22 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Featured Speaker: Wanda Evans, Saint Louis Zoo Sustainability Coordinator, Marlene Katz and Annette Kelly, Saint Louis Zoo Docents On average, each American today produces 102 tons of garbage throughout their lifetime, that's about the size of 20 large male Asian elephants! Although it sounds bleak, there are solutions and your actions can take to make a difference. Tips will be offered for individuals to take corrective action and information will be provided about ways the Saint Louis Zoo is reducing waste. You can also help the Saint Louis Zoo achieve their institutional waste reduction goals! FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome! Check with your teacher, you may be able to attend for extra credit! Proof of attendance available following the presentation.

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