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January 2017
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Future Trek STEM Career Explorations: Communications Careers in STEM for High School Students

Tuesday, January 10 @ 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Webster University,
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119 United States
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This program is FULL and no longer accepting registrations.

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!

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Zoo Conservation

Thursday, January 12 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Prairie Commons Branch Auditorium,
915 Utz Lane
Hazelwood, MO 63042 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. 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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February 2017
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The Science of Love: A Neuroscience Mouse Model of Courtship and Behavior

Wednesday, February 15 @ 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Missouri History Museum,
5700 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112 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 History Museum lots, on the street in the Park, or in the East and West lots across from the Judith and Dennis Jones Visitor Center.

Featured Speaker: Timothy Holy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Neurosciences and Computational and Systems Biology Programs, Division of Biology and Biological Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis; recipient, Academy of Science – St. Louis 2009 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder, at least for male mice. In this post-Valentine’s Day talk, Washington University neuroscientist, Timothy Holy, talks about the neural mechanisms of detecting and recognizing pheromones and his recently published research that looks at how long-term exposure to female scent puts the damper on courtship behavior in male mice.

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The Real CSI: Forensics at the St. Louis County Crime Lab

Thursday, February 16 @ 7:00 am-8:30 pm
St. Louis County Library – Grand Glaize Branch,
1010 Meramec Station Road
Manchester, MO 63021 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: St. Louis County Crime Lab Forensic Scientists Kelly Pokorny and Andrew Weston

Learn about the STEM disciplines of the crime laboratory and the role each plays in the criminal justice process. Hear from County Crime Lab forensic scientists on testing and technologies used in the lab, and the types of crimes and evidence most commonly encountered in the laboratory.

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

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

Room remaining for 25 students. 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.

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

Tuesday, February 21 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

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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Marc Edwards, Charles Lunsford Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

National Engineers Week Dream Big Speaker Event: Special VIP Invitation for Junior Academy Members

Wednesday, February 22 @ 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

This event is FULL. Accepting WAIT-LIST registrations ONLY as of 12:30PM, Tue, Feb 14.

Celebrate National Engineers Week with this special VIP opportunity for 25 Junior Academy of Science members!

Meet and hear from Dr. Marc Edwards, the civil engineer who helped solve the Flint, Michigan water crisis!

FREE and OPEN to the first 25 Junior Academy student members to register! All others wait-listed. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Register below by Wednesday, February 15.

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Reception w/hors d’oeuvres from 6 – 7 p.m.
Talk, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Marc Edwards, Ph.D., Charles P. Lunsford Professor, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

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Science and Sustainability Open House

Saturday, February 25 @ 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

FREE, two day event! Sat, Feb 25 and Sun, Feb 26; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm daily. OPEN to ALL!

Go Behind the Science with Missouri Botanical Garden Botanists!
Science and Conservation Open House
Monsanto Center

Join Missouri Botanical Garden botanists for an open house at the Monsanto Center, including the library and herbarium.

Meet the Garden’s Sustainability Experts!
EarthWays Center – the Garden Sustainability Division – Open House
Commerce Bank Center for Science Education

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Science and Sustainability Open House

Sunday, February 26 @ 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Day Two of this FREE, two day event! Sat, Feb 25 and Sun, Feb 26; 1:00 pm-4:00 pm daily. OPEN to ALL!

Go Behind the Science with Missouri Botanical Garden Botanists!
Science and Conservation Open House
Monsanto Center

Join Missouri Botanical Garden botanists for an open house at the Monsanto Center, including the library and herbarium.

Meet the Garden’s Sustainability Experts!
EarthWays Center – the Garden Sustainability Division – Open House
Commerce Bank Center for Science Education

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

Tuesday, February 28 @ 9:00 am-1:30 pm

Room remaining for 15 students. 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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March 2017
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Future Trek STEM Career Explorations: Greening Your Future for 6th – 8th Grade Students

Wednesday, March 8 @ 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.

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Chariots, Horses, and Taxis: The Disruptive History of Vehicles for Hire

Wednesday, March 8 @ 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.

The Director of UMSL’s Center for Transportation Studies, Dr. Ray Mundy, provides a fascinating overview of the history of coach and taxi regulations from the 1600’s through to today’s current disruption of Transportation Network Companies (Uber and Lyft).

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Observing Endangered Painted Dogs in a Human Dominated Landscape

Thursday, March 9 @ 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: Greg Rasmussen, Ph.D., Founder of the Painted Dog Research Trust

Dr. Greg Rasmussen, an expert in the field of predator conservation biology, discusses the importance of protecting the painted dog population and building a complete future for wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe.

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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.

Free
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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!

Free
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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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