Programs specifically designed with teens in mind – fun, exciting, and thought-provoking.

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Junior Academy of Science Members

Junior Academy of Science

How cool would it be to meet a scientist in their research lab? Teens in grades 6-12 can attend unique behind-the-scenes opportunities at leading engineering, technology, and science labs of our region. Junior Academy members make real world connections, meeting top STEM professionals from corporations and universities. Scholarship opportunities available.


Teen Science Cafe

A free, fun way for teens (grades 6-12) to explore science, technology, engineering and math. Teens interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting with free food. The cafes, planned by a Youth Leadership Team, are open to teens from across the St. Louis metro area. Topics in the past have included zombies, bionics, emergency room medicine, conservation biology, and planetary science. Find out more about the next Teen Science Cafe or how to get involved on the Leadership Team.

Science Fair Project Drop-off

Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair

The Monsanto Fund support this high-impact demonstration of scientific learning and discovery.

Grades K- 12 The Science Fair is inquiry-based learning at its best!  St. Louis students follow their passion as they explore the world they live in and make real world connections. Science Fair is the perfect platform to support and showcase classroom research as teachers prepare for the Next Generation Science Standards and students develop into confident STEM-capable learners.

The Academy’s Science Fair is the premier STEM Fair in St. Louis with more than 50,000 K-12th grade students representing 250 schools throughout the region. Close to $50,000 in scholarships and awards are presented annually.

Honors Division Grades 9 – 12

High School students who complete collegiate-level research compete for scholarship awards, and two students represent the Academy of Science – St. Louis Science Fair at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair.

Note:  participating schools include St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

Tower Grove Park BioBlitz


Here’s your chance to learn about everything from butterflies to bats, crickets to katydids!  The Academy of Science – St. Louis BioBlitz is an exploration and inventory of the biodiversity of urban parks. Join teams of public volunteers led by biologists, naturalists and environmental enthusiasts search natural areas, listing as many different species as they can find (so far we have a database of 1,000 species). Great for students, families, adults, groups. See website for upcoming dates.

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Science Careers: Student Explorations

Students in grades 6-8 explore STEM careers, experience the interdisciplinary nature of science today, and prepare for the workforce of the future in these FREE, fun, and fast-paced high-impact small group sessions scheduled throughout the school year. Sessions with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals are open to student groups and individual students from private, public, independent, and home schools.

Academy of Science Tour

Science for the Public

Smart people talk on science today and all the cool and trending topics that are shaping our future. From the Higgs boson and the fate of the universe to quantum computing, scientists and STEM professionals share all the science you need to know more about at public talks offered year-round throughout the region. No-cost science talks are open to all.  Many teachers offer extra credit to students who attend. Visit our calendar to see all upcoming events.

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