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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STEM Career Explorations: Greening Your Future for 6th – 8th Grade Students

February 17 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Room remaining for 35 students. (Can also accommodate 1 – 5 individual, or home school students). Wait-list ONLY on all additional dates. Explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations in four fun, informative and fast-paced, 25-minute classroom sessions with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals. Career explorations include sessions on Green Careers in STEM. Students participate in an afternoon scavenger hunt featuring the Botanical Garden’s Climatron (world’s first geodesic dome greenhouse), Linnean House (oldest continuously operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi), William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and English Woodland Garden. REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

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STEM Career Explorations: Greening Your Future for 6th – 8th Grade Students

February 18 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

This date is FULL (Room remaining for an addt’l 1 – 5 individual students, or home school students ONLY.) Limited room is available on Feb. 17 and wait-list ONLY on all remaining dates. Explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations in four fun, informative and fast-paced, 25-minute classroom sessions with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals. Career explorations include sessions on Green Careers in STEM. Students participate in an afternoon scavenger hunt featuring the Botanical Garden’s Climatron (world’s first geodesic dome greenhouse), Linnean House (oldest continuously operating greenhouse west of the Mississippi), William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening, and English Woodland Garden. REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

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Protecting Painted Dogs in Zimbabwe

February 18 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: Greg Rasmussen, Ph.D., Founder of Painted Dog Research Trust Dr. Greg Rasmussen, an expert in the field of predator conservation biology, will discuss the importance of protecting the painted dog population and building a complete future for wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe. Dr. Rasmussen has worked with painted dogs for over 25 years, founding the Painted Dog Conservation in Zimbabwe in 1992. Two years ago, Dr. Rasmussen started the Painted Dog Research Trust, also in Zimbabwe.

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