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Academy of Science of St. Louis is an independent science organization supported entirely through community contributions.

The Academy of Science has connected science and the public for more than 150 years.


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Applications for the Youth Leadership Team are due August 15!

For information on how to join the Junior Academy of Science, CLICK HERE.

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Youth Leadership Team!

Teen Science Cafes are a fun, free way for teens to explore science and technology. These cafes are planned by teens on the Youth Leadership Team. Leaders get the opportunity to meet real scientists, earn service hours, and gain valuable leadership experience.

We are currently seeking Youth Leaders for
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015.

To apply, you must be a Junior Academy of Science member or a student in grades 6-12 and be available on the first Tuesday of every month during the school year. APPLY NOW

The Academy of Science held our 8th signature BioBlitz!

Students, families, scientists, and naturalists from across the region joined us for treks to discover trees, plants, birds, insects and more in Emmenegger Nature Park on May 16 & 17.

Find pictures from our May BioBlitz on our Facebook page.
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Congratulations to the 2014 Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair participants!

Almost 2000 projects represented the top 3% of our region.

Some of the special awards
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Hundreds of proud young scientists!

Hundreds of volunteers from companies, academia, and organizations judged projects from K-12.

The Academy of Science - St. Louis Science Fair
is underwritten through generous contributions from

sunedisonmonsanto fund

Congratulations to the 20th Annual St. Louis
Outstanding Scientist Awards Winners!

Thank you to everyone who helped fill our beaker and joined us at the dinner to celebrate the awardees!


To learn about all of our awardees, visit our Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Awards page.

Academy of Science - St. Louis,
Monsanto Fund, SunEdison
Teacher of the Year Awards Announced

Two science teachers from the St. Louis metro area will be awarded $2,000 for professional development and $500 for classroom supplies!

Academy of Science-St. Louis & SunEdison Teacher of the Year Awardsunedison

Christine Ries

Combs Elementary School
Ferguson-Florissant School District

Academy of Science-St. Louis & Monsanto Teacher of the Year Awardmonsanto fund

Charlotte Smith
Gateway Elementary School
St. Louis Public School District

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Aug 4th, 2014 (Mon)
From the Wild to the Plate
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Special Partnership Presentation

Featured Speaker: Patti Wright, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Languages, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Food Crops of American originóchocolate, chili peppers, corn, manioc, peanuts, potatoes, squashes, and tomatoesóprovide nourishment and dietary variety to millions of people throughout the world. Have you ever wondered how the tomato, once considered unfit to eat, became the most common garden item in the U.S.? Did you know that corn is a grass? What is manioc? Join us for a discussion of the myth, history, and biology associated with some of our favorite foods.

To be held at:
St. Charles County Library
Middendorf-Kredell Branch
2750 Hwy K
O'Fallon, MO 63368-7859

Registration required. OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome.

For more information, or to register, CLICK HERE, or call 314.533.8586.

Special Partnership Presentation co-sponsor:

Aug 12th, 2014 (Tue)
Crafting Beer: The Science of Brewing
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Perspectives on Science & History Series

Featured Speaker: Florian Kuplent, Co-Founder and Brewmaster, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

There's more to beer than hops and yeast. Join Florian Kuplent, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., as he discusses the science behind craft beers and Beer Divergency, a unique philosophy that puts a modern spin on traditional brewing, while paying homage to the old.

Presented in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum exhibition, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, on display at the Museum through August 17, 2014.

To be held at:
Missouri History Museum – Lee Auditorium
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, Missouri 63112

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Parking free in Museum lots or in Forest Park.

Presented in partnership with:

Aug 18th, 2014 (Mon)
Hope is the Thing With Feathers: Americans and Three Birds
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Conservation Conversations Series

Lecture & book signing.

Featured Speaker: Joel Greenberg, Research Associate of both the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum; author of A Natural History of the Chicago Region and A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction.

Join us for a lecture and book signing by Joel Greenberg, who has over 25 years of experience working on natural resource-related issues in the Midwest.

This presentation looks at three birds, each representing a different outcome at the hands of people. With a population in the billions, the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird in North America. Yet within a matter of decades, unrelenting human exploitation drove it to extinction. The Kirtland's warbler has since historical times bred in a very limited range and within narrow habitat parameters. Although it costs a million dollars a year, we now know how to maintain healthy populations. The whooping crane declined to 23 living individuals twice. Extensive conservation work has been devoted to saving this charismatic species, but its fate is still an open question. Learn more about these species and what can be done to save them at this exciting lecture.

Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.

Conservation Conversations co-sponsor: