The Science Minors youth development program lets teens learn about science, make friends, meet science professionals and conduct experiments with Museum guests while fulfilling service learning hours.
The Science Minors program allows teens to discover new interests in science and technology and share them with Museum guests. They also demonstrate what they've learned at a special Family Day event.
About the Science Minors Program
Science Minors attend 10 weeks of science education and training by Museum staff and external scientists, then volunteer to conduct interactive science experiments for Museum guests. Students must be 14 to 18 years old to participate.
Science Minors gain a better understanding of science, a first-hand look at science careers, and public speaking skills. Since 2003, more than 600 Science Minors have contributed over 100,000 hours of volunteer service.
Teens who complete the Science Minors program are eligible to become Science Achievers. Science Achievers deepen their work by pursuing more rigorous science topics, meeting with working science professionals, preparing for college and careers, and having the opportunity for paid internships.
- Fill out and submit the Science Minors Application.
- Give the Reference Form to a teacher, coach, pastor or other adult (not a relative) who knows the student well.
- Complete the Essay Questions.
- Send the completed reference form (which should be in a sealed envelope), your responses to the essay questions, and a copy of your most recent grades (GPA will not affect entry into program) to:
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
Questions? Contact our staff:
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