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March 2017
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Spring Break Special – Taking Care of Planet Earth! A Hands-on Environmental, Geological and Engineering Careers Talk & Tour for Junior Academy Members

Monday, March 13 @ 12:30 pm-2:30 pm

THIS EVENT IS FULL! Check Upcoming Events for additional opportunities in science and STEM.

Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour!

Become an expert at recycling and learn more about what happens when you recycle! Today you will get to speak to scientists and engineers as you head out for an investigative behind-the-scenes tour of our region’s state-of-the-art multi-million dollar recycling facility.

Students will meet with engineers!

Engineers will speak about the engineering advancements used in the process of collecting and sorting recyclable materials. You will learn what items you can and cannot recycle (the answers may surprise you!).

You will also hear from a team of geologists, biologists, chemists, and engineers who will explain what happens to the trash that cannot be recycled. Learn about clarification and ultrafiltration of leachate and other complex engineering processes. Many exciting careers in science and engineering will be explored today!

Open to students in grades 6-12 (priority to Junior Academy Members)

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Spring Break Special – Future Trek STEM Career Explorations: Explore the STEM in Communications Careers

Tuesday, March 14 @ 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Webster University,
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119 United States
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THIS EVENT IS FULL. Accepting Wait-List only! Registration open to students in grades 8-12, Junior Academy and Youth Leadership Team members. Students in grades 6-7 may also apply.

Discover the science and tech side of Communications Careers in four fun, informative and fast-paced, 40-minute classroom sessions with working Communications professionals. Interactive and hands-on sessions explore exciting fields of study such as Animation, Audio Engineering, Digital Publishing, Game Design, Radio Broadcasting, and Visual Processing. BRING: Sack lunches and drinks for students, teachers, and chaperones. Sharpened pencils.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED! Click “Find Out More” to register.

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

Thursday, March 16 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

THIS EVENT IS FULL! Currently accepting wait-list registrations ONLY.

Can accommodate four groups of 20-25, or up to 100 students total. Individual and home school students/groups may also register to attend.

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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Teen Science Cafe – Synthetic Biology: New Techniques That Might Change Human History

Thursday, March 16 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Saint Louis Community College at BRDG Park,
1005 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63132 United States
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Hey teens! Mark your calendars and Register Now!

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and all area middle and high school students in grades 6 – 12. Click “Find Out More” to register.

Featured Cafe Presenter: Yi-Hsien Chen, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Genome Engineering and iPSC Center, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

It’s called Syn Bio for short. And it could change everything in Biology, from medicine to mosquito control! Synthetic Biology is a relatively new field that combines biology, engineering, and genetics. Come find out about this amazing new field, it’s applications and implications, in this Teen Science Cafe not to be missed!

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Finding What Fits: The Biochemistry of Drug Design

Tuesday, March 21 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Indian Trails Branch,
8400 Delport Drive
Overland, MO 63114 United States
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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: April Bednarski, Ph.D., Lecturer in Biology, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis

Learn how the 3D structures of bio-molecules are used to design better drug therapies. Dr. Bednarski covers the story of the discovery and synthesis of aspirin and how 3D structures helped in the design of new and more potent therapies such as Celebrex®.

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Bee-reft—Why Pollinator Decline Matters

Wednesday, March 22 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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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: May Berenbaum, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Entomology, Swanlund Chair of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign; recipient, 2014 National Medal of Science

Did you know that one out of every three bites of food you eat depends on pollinators? Honeybees, bumble bees and other insects and animals pollinate over 90 percent of the planet’s flowering plants and one third of human food crops. Highly respected groundbreaking entomologist, May Berenbaum, and founder of the Insect Fear Festival, an annual event of some notoriety on the Urbana-Champaign campus that combines popular film screenings with discussions on insects and an insect petting zoo, talks about her current research on insect-plant co-evolution and why it’s important to sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities.

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2017 Jane and Whitney Harris Lecture: Human Impacts on Insect Affairs—Turnabout is Not Fair Play

Thursday, March 23 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden Shoenberg Auditorium,
4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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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 Missouri Botanical Garden lots.

Featured speaker: May Berenbaum, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Entomology, Swanlund Chair of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign; recipient, 2014 National Medal of Science

Highly respected and groundbreaking American entomologist, May Berenbaum, Ph.D., talks about her current research on insect-plant co-evolution, applicable to sustainable management practices for natural and agricultural communities.

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

Thursday, March 30 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

THIS EVENT IS FULL! Currently accepting wait-list registrations ONLY.

Can accommodate four groups of 20-25, or up to 100 students total. Individual and home school students/groups may also register to attend.

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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April 2017
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Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis: Guided Field Walks with The Experts

Saturday, April 1 @ 10:00 am-Sunday, April 2 @ 3:00 pm
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Missouri Botanical Garden,
4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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FREE with the price of admission and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration not required.

Reconnect with nature in this series of “Meet the Expert” guided walks on the Missouri Botanical Garden grounds, Saturday and Sunday, April 1 – 2, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. These science-rich guided walks are free to the public, and included with the price of admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Click “Find Out More” for details and a listing of guided walks.

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Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis: Guided Field Walks with The Experts

Sunday, April 2 @ 10:00 am-Monday, April 3 @ 3:00 pm
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An event every 1 day(s) that lasts 1 day(s) and 5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on Sunday, April 2, 2017
Missouri Botanical Garden,
4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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FREE with the price of admission and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration not required.

Reconnect with nature in this series of “Meet the Expert” guided walks on the Missouri Botanical Garden grounds, Saturday and Sunday, April 1 – 2, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily. These science-rich guided walks are free to the public, and included with the price of admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Click “Find Out More” for details and a listing of guided walks.

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Can Endangered Lemurs Share Their Habitat with A Changing Human Population?

Monday, April 3 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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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: Benjamin Z. Freed, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work, Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University anthropology professor, Dr. Benjamin Freed, discusses how endangered lemurs are surviving in the smallest of forests near ever-changing human populations.

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

Tuesday, April 4 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

THIS EVENT IS FULL! Currently accepting wait-list registrations ONLY.

Can accommodate four groups of 20-25, or up to 100 students total. Individual and home school students/groups may also register to attend.

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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The Sweet Smell of Science! Understanding and Hijacking the Insect’s Sense of Smell for Bio-Sensing Tech Applications

Wednesday, April 5 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Saint Louis Zoo,
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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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: Barani Raman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University biomedical engineer, Barani Raman, discusses how understanding insect olfaction could potentially lead to development of bio-inspired sensors and robots for several important security and biomedical applications.

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Science in the Dark: The Study of Caves

Thursday, April 13 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Oak Bend Branch,
842 S. Holmes Ave
St. Louis, MO 63122 United States
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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 Speakers: Aaron Addison, Director of Collaborative Research and Data/GIS, Washington University Libraries; and Bob Osburn, Laboratory Administrator, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a scientist in the dark? We’ll take a look at some of the explorations and research being conducted in caves around the world and here locally in the St. Louis region.

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Teen Science Cafe: Bacteria Detective! How Scientists Study Bacteria

Tuesday, April 18 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
St. Charles County Library – Spencer Road Branch,
427 Spencer Road
St. Peters, MO 63376 United States
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FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and all middle and high school students in grades 6-12 from throughout the region. Registration required. Space is limited. Click “Find Out More” to Register Today!

At Teen Science Cafes, teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Teen Science Cafes are presented and powered by Junior Academy of Science Youth Leadership Council members.

Featured Cafe Presenter: Boahemaa Adu-Oppong, Ph.D. candidate in the EEPB (Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology) Program, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, and graduate student in the Dantas Lab (Gautam Dantas is a 2015 Academy of Science Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient)

In this interactive and insightful Teen Cafe on How Scientists Study Bacteria, you’ll play the role of a scientist who has just sequenced a ton of bacteria, but unfortunately someone in the lab mixed up the labeling! Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to unscramble the mixed up labeling to figure out what environment you are studying.

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May 2017
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Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis: Increasing Multicultural Connections & Opportunities

Wednesday, May 24 @ 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Monsanto Center,
4500 Shaw Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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— a Wild Ideas Worth Sharing special partnership event

Free and Open to all. Registration Required. Click “Find Out More” to register by Monday, May 22.

PROGRAM
5:30 p.m.
Check-in/networking
6:15 p.m.
Formal presentations

Free wine and light appetizers

Featured Speakers:

Carlotta Lewis | Missouri State Parks
Urban Connections: Your Adventure Starts Here

Nick Speed | EarthDance Organic Farms
Cultivating Environmental & Food Justice

Joel Walker | International Institute Global Farms
Reconnecting Refugees to Farming Traditions in the Urban Environment

Romanda Walker | U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Diversity & Inclusion in the Great Outdoors

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Have We Created a Toxic Atmosphere? Our Planet at the Dawn of the Anthropocene

Thursday, May 25 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Sachs Branch,
16400 Burkhardt Pl.
Chesterfield, MO 63017-4660 United States
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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: Jack Fishman, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and Director, Center for Environmental Sciences, Saint Louis University

Discover how the burning of fossil fuels has changed the composition of Earth’s atmosphere over the past century and how this change has affected both plants and animals on our planet in this fascinating talk on our atmosphere at the Dawn of the Anthropocene.

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June 2017
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Building Your Own Spaceship!

Thursday, June 8 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Grant’s View Branch – St. Louis County Library,
9700 Musick Road
St. Louis, MO 63123 United States
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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: Brian Stofiel, Propulsion Engineer; CEO, Stofiel Aerospace LLC

Want to learn how to quickly prototype and design experiments to produce results in an efficient and affordable way? Then this fascinating talk includes information on cubesats, hobby rockets, and large scale rocketry. And demos!

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Civil Rights and Restorative Justice in the Age of Polarization

Wednesday, June 14 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri History Museum,
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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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: David Cunningham, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis

Sociology professor, David Cunningham, examines the relationship between longstanding campaigns to resist civil rights gains and today’s deeply polarized political system, and highlights how a range of ongoing restorative justice initiatives seek to bridge these divisions.

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St. Louis BeeBlitz

Saturday, June 17 @ 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center,
5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL! Nature lovers, concerned citizens, science enthusiasts and pollinator lovers of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. (Age limits may apply for those collecting data to ensure data quality.) Registration is required. CLICK “Find Out More” to register! Space is limited. Register early!

To register a group of more than 6, contact Nicole Miller-Struttmann at 314-218-5307 or nicolem42@webster.edu.

Help us take a snap-shot in time of the bees of Forest Park! Get outside on Saturday, June 17, to kick off National Pollinator Week and join the Saint Louis Bee Brigade in a ‘photo survey’ to photograph all the bees we see at different locations in the park.

You’ll learn a bit about bees and bee biology and how to photograph these critically important and declining pollinators in this citizen science research effort to save the wild bees!

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