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Teen Science Alliance

Take on science like never before.

If you are aged 14-18, 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: 

The spring 2019 session runs February 9 – May 11. Apply by January 18.

The summer 2019 session runs July 9-August 16. Apply by June 21.

The fall 2019 session runs September 21 – December 14. Apply by September 6.



Thinkineers camps will run the weeks of March 25-29, June 17-21, July 8-12, and August 12-16. Sign up here!


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OMSI Thinkineers
How do I Join?

Apply for the Science Squad here

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 Comcast