MSI’s Farrell Fellows summer internship gives Chicago-area teens the opportunity to learn science, public speaking and leadership skills so they can present interactive experiments both at the Museum and in the community.
Teens create and perform in original science shows on stage in the Rotunda; do hands-on experiments with guests; and also visit Chicago Public Library branches to lead science activities with groups of younger children. About 40 teens participate each summer.
“The Farrell Fellows interns serve as role models to younger children as they show them that science is fun and interesting,” said Bryan Wunar, director of community initiatives. “Learning that happens outside of school has a tremendous impact on children because it reinforces concepts they learn in the classroom without it feeling like more school time. And summer is an especially great time for experiences that engage kids in learning.”