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Since 2011, the California Academy of Sciences has been pioneering innovative youth programs that combine science exploration, digital media creation, and youth voice. TechTeens leverages the power of technology to inspire youth to be science communicators and civically engaged leaders.
Our program provides youth with important 21st century skills such as leadership, collaboration, and design-thinking—all necessary in developing future leaders. While learning valuable workplace skills from the Academy professionals and beyond, youth are provided with numerous opportunities to share their digital science stories with the public on the museum floor and on various digital platforms.
Youth in the TechTeens program work with Academy experts to explore technology used in scientific fieldwork and research. TechTeens learn how to code using Python programming language and build their own sensors using Raspberry Pi single-board computers. No prior coding experience required.
- Visualization Studio Internship
In collaboration with the Academy’s Visualization Studio, we support internships for youth to work alongside the Viz Studio staff on a variety of video production tasks and responsibilities. Interns gain valuable workplace and technological skills. Interns are recruited from within the Academy youth community.