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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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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Junior Academy Archaeology Mini-Series for Teens! Session 1: Flintknapping—Prehistoric Physics in Action

September 28 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This hands-on and interactive monthly mini-series of four sessions for teens explores the field of archaeology with sessions on flintknapping, ceramics, geoarchaeology and zoo archaeology!

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy members and their parents ONLY. Registration is required. Register for one or more sessions in the series! Space is limited to 30 participants per session, so register early to reserve your spot! Click "Find Out More" to register! Session Presenter: Kathryn Chapman, Education Coordinator, Center for American Archaeology Flintknapping is the art of shaping flint, chert, or glass into tools. Join Kathryn Chapman from the Center for American Archaeology to learn how prehistoric people shaped arrowheads, knives, hoes, and more. We'll provide some local chert and tools for you to shape your own point using pressure flaking techniques. Flintknapping is the art of shaping flint, chert, or glass into tools. Join Jason King and Kathryn Chapman from the Center for American Archaeology to learn how prehistoric people shaped arrowheads, knives, hoes, and more. We'll provide some local chert and tools for you to shape your own point using pressure flaking techniques.

Archaeology Mini-Series for Teens Upcoming Sessions

Session 2: Tue, Oct 17, 7PM - 8:30PM, Ceramics Session 3: Mon, Nov 27, 7PM - 8:30PM, Geoarchaeology Session 4: Thu, Dec 14, 7PM - 8:30PM, Zoo Archaeology

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Bats, Birds, and Bellflowers: The Evolution of Specialized Pollination in the Tropics

October 2 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration required. Click "Find Out More" to register! Featured Speaker: Nathan Muchhala, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Missouri - St. Louis In the tropics many specialized bats visit flowers, pollinating them in exchange for the sugar-rich nectar they provide. In this multimedia presentation rich with stunning photos and video, biologist Nathan Muchhala discusses the intricate, mutualistic dance between pollinators and flowers in the tropics, as each evolve specialized traits to better perform their roles in providing nectar and transferring pollen.

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Clearing the Air: Science on the Health Risks and Solutions to Poor Air Quality

October 4 7:00 pm – 8:30 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 or on the street in Forest Park. Featured Speaker: Jay R. Turner, D.Sc., Vice Dean for Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Associate Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis Exposure to air pollution can affect both respiratory and cardiovascular health. More recent research also points to even broader adverse impacts such as neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative effects. Join Washington University's Dr. Jay Turner for an informative look at what the science says about the health effects of airborne pollution and efforts across the globe to improve urban air quality.

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