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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Forest Park Owls: Hiding In Plain Sight

May 10 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Zoo North Entrance ONLY – Click Find Out More for Directions 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: Mark H. X. Glenshaw is an award-winning naturalist who has observed and documented great horned owls in Forest Park in St. Louis since December 2005. Great horned owls are the most widespread, commonly found owl in North America, living almost everywhere from our most remote wild areas to urban parks. Mark’s talk will cover how he found these owls in Forest Park, basic facts about the species, and the different behaviors he has been able to see and document including hooting, hunting, mating, and rearing of young, with photos and videos to illustrate these behaviors. Watch as one of our top and most adaptable predators comes to vivid life. Do not be surprised to find yourself looking for owls afterwards!

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The Dirt on Soil: Life Underground

May 11 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Registration Required. Registration deadline is Tuesday, May 3. Register at deercreekalliance.org! A Wild Ideas Worth Sharing lecture and book signing. PROGRAM 6:30 p.m. Check-in and Networking 7:00 p.m. Program 8:30 p.m. Refreshments and Book Signing Jeff Lowenfels and James Sotillo come together in St. Louis from opposite ends of the country with a focus on biodiversity on levels too long beneath our notice.

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Exploring the Moon from Orbit – Paving the Way for Future Astronaut Explorers

May 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. Space is limited. Registration is required. Featured Speaker: Dr. Ryan Clegg-Watkins, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences Dr. Clegg-Watkins uses Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images to study the effects of rocket exhaust on lunar soil and to investigate silicic volcanic regions of the Moon. She hopes to one day use her research and skills to help plan future robotic and manned planetary missions.

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