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Teen Science Alliance

Take on science like never before.

If you are aged 13-18, become a member of the Teen Science Alliance to solve creative design challenges, get a backstage look at museum education, and build skills perfect for your next step. 

How does it work?

There are two paths you can take depending on your time availability! You can also choose both options, if you’d like.


Option 1: Volunteering in the Science Squad

The Science Squad volunteers on the museum floor facilitating hands-on science activities for visitors of all ages.  You’ll balance your time on the museum floor with training in communication, informal education, and leadership skills to give you the background you need to be a successful museum educator.  In this position you must commit to working two 4-hour shifts per week for the summer session, or one 4-hour shift per week during the school year session.


Option 2: Day camp with the Thinkineers

If you have a lot going on in your life, and can’t commit to the volunteer shifts, you can still get involved at OMSI! That's Sew Electric is a new electronics design challenge where you learn the fundamentals of the design process, electronics, circuitry, sewing, and coding to invent wearable technology. Even better, Arduino is yours to keep, so you can continue programming! Thinkineers is a one week day camp, running from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.


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When does the Teen Science Alliance happen?


Science Squad: 

For the summer 2018 session, apply by May 30th.  Interviews will happen in June, and the program runs from June 30 – August 19th.

For the fall  2018 session, apply by August 31. Program runs September – January.

For the spring 2019 session, apply by January 6. Program runs February – May.



The program runs three times over the summer, so you can choose which date works best for you!

June 18 –22, August 6 –10, and August 13 –17.

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OMSI Thinkineers
How do I Join?

Apply for the Science Squad here by May 30th

Sign up for Thinkineers here. Don’t let the price discourage you! Financial aid is available, and you can learn more here.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Reilly at for more details.

OMSI’s Teen Science Alliance is sponsored by Cognizant’s Making the Future program and Best Buy