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More than 400 middle and high school students from public, private and home schools across the region experience hands-on opportunities in science, engineering and medicine through the Junior Academy. Corporations, science organizations and universities open their labs and research areas to these teens at a critical time…when they are laying the science and technology path for their future. By extracting DNA at the Genome Sequencing Center, meeting with leading-edge aerospace engineers at Boeing, experiencing an overnight at the Shaw Nature Reserve, working in the dissection lab at Saint Louis University and having access to the best university libraries, Junior Academy members realize the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to discovery and a strong, early grounding in math and science. Recognizing that each child has potential, Junior Academy membership is open and available to all middle and high school students in the area and offers challenging and engaging science competitions and opportunities for a full range of academic levels. Thanks to donations, Junior Academy memberships start at $30 and scholarships are available to students in need.

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tails & trails

This summer, join a family reading program that connects nature-inspired books with the great outdoors!

Download the reading list and log here

Win a Family Fun Backpack!
Complete at least five Tales & Trails and bring this log to the visitor's center at one of the three locations - Miissouri Botanical Garden, Butterfly House, and Shaw Nature Reserve - to redeem your prize. It includes admission tickets, a field journal, seed packets, reusable shopping bag, outdoor games/activities, and other nature-inspired goodies. Redeem by August 31, 2014. While supplies last.

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Teen Science Cafe

The Teen Science Café is a free, fun way for teens to explore science, technology, engineering and math. Teens have the opportunity to interact with science professionals in an informal and relaxed setting. Topics in the past have included zombies, bionics and emergency room medicine. We offer three Café programs in fall and three in spring.

Become a Youth Leader!

The Youth Leadership Team of the Teen Science Cafe plans and hosts the cafe events. Leaders get the opportunity to meet real scientists, earn service hours, and gain valuable leadership experience.

The deadline for applying to the Youth Leadership Team has passed. If you are selected, you will receive an email soon.

If you have missed the deadline, please join us for cafes this fall and spring where anyone in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend. A schedule of cafes will be announced soon. Applications for the Youth Leadership Team will be available again in fall 2015.

Science Careers and College Preparation

Are you preparing for college? Check out our new College Handbook. It has helpful tips for middle and high school students on becoming college-ready.

Junior Academy members in grades 6-8 are welcome to join our Science Careers program sessions. Find out more information on science careers sessions and how to register: click here.


You first saw JUNIOR ACADEMY OF SCIENCE member, Melissa Rey as a Freshman at Kennedy High School when she took FIRST PLACE in the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge - a national competition! Additionally, Melissa is an ACADEMY OF SCIENCE - ST. LOUIS SCIENCE FAIR - HONORS DIVISION finalist.

Melissa won the Discovery Challenge with her project titled The Doppler Effect and spent 3 days competing in rigorous science challenges at the world-renowned Goddard Space Flight Center, located near Washington, D.C. Melissa took home a $50,000 scholarship and the title "America's Top Young Scientist!"

She now attends Pomona College in California and is majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. She will be conducting research as an undergrad with a focus on learning disabilities. Melissa has a website to help other students like herself who have dyslexia:

Melissa is also a Buick Achievement Scholar and attended MSNBC's "Education Nation" Summit last fall advocating for more STEM education. Melissa walked the red carpet at the movie premier of "Won't Back Down," where she was able to meet the stars of the film, Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

2013 Junior Academy of Science $500 Scholarship

Awarded to

Riley LaRock & Caroline Stewart


Junior Academy of Science members compete for scholarships based on Junior Academy Achievement Points, participation in science activities and essay.

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