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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To Bee or Not to Bee in the City: Wild Bee Diversity in St. Louis

December 7 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Reservations not required. Parking is free in the Zoo North Lot. Featured Speaker: Gerardo R. Camilo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Saint Louis University; Conservation Fellow, Saint Louis Zoo Internationally known food web ecologist, Dr. Gerardo Camilo, talks on his urban ecological research to uncover St. Louis' wild bee diversity and tells us why St. Louis is such a special place for our native bees.

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The Cootie Phenomenon: Gender, Cognition, and Stereotyping Development

December 13 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Registration not required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students welcome. Parking is free in the History Museum lots, on the street in Forest Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center. Featured Speaker: Kimberly Powlishta, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Experimental Program: Developmental; Director, Graduate Program in Experimental Psychology, and the Gender Cognitions and Development Lab, , Department of Psychology, Saint Louis University What causes the “cootie" phenomenon? Psychologist, Dr. Kimberly Powlishta talks about the development of stereotyping, bias, and social identity in children. Before you do your holiday toy shopping for the children or adolescents in your life, you'll want to stop by for this talk as Dr. Powlishta touches on the ways in which toys are advertised and how those advertisements reflect—and sometimes encourage—gender stereotyping.

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Zoo Conservation

January 12 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Seating is limited. Registration not required, but seating is limited! Early arrival is highly recommended!! The Saint Louis Zoo is working to save endangered species both on our St. Louis campus and around the world. This program introduces you to the work of the Zoo's WildCare Institute. The Zoo brings live animals from different continents to teach you about the diversity of wildlife on our planet!

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