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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 2020 session runs February 8 – May 16. Apply by January 8.

The summer 2020 session runs July 7-August 14. Apply by June 21.

The fall 2020 session runs September 19 – December 12. Apply by September 6.

 

Thinkineers:

Thinkineers camps will run the weeks of March 23-27, June 22-26, and August 17-21. 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 rreilly@omsi.edu for more details.

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

 

Ready to make something?

OMSI's Teen Tech Center is a free creative and technology-focused maker space for teens ages 13-18.

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