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The Academy offers a variety of out-of-school-time programs that inspire and train youth to become science enthusiasts and stewards of the natural world.

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Careers in Science (CiS)

An intern dissecting an animal.

Careers in Science is a multi-year, year-round paid internship and youth development program for San Francisco youth who come from communities typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

  • Grades: 9-12 (must apply in grade 9 or 10)
  • Commitment: 2-3 years
  • Schedule: Training and work hours vary during afterschool, Saturdays, and summer
  • Cost: CiS interns are paid Academy employees
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Teen Advocates for Science Communication (TASC)

TASC Youth teaches About the Macaw

TASC youth volunteers carry out the Academy’s mission to explore, explain, and sustain life by delivering youth-created and youth-facilitated STEM learning experiences on the public floor and around the Bay Area.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Commitment: One semester
  • Schedule: Saturdays or Sundays, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
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TASC Middle School (TASC MS)

TASC MS youth measure a Pacific Mole Crab

TASC MS offers youth in 6th-8th grade an introduction to science and sustainability through field excursions, nature investigations, and citizen science projects.

  • Grades: 6-8
  • Commitment: 8 weeks
  • Schedule: Sundays, 12:00-3:00 PM
  • Cost: $450 ($425 members), some scholarships available

 

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Teen Science Night (#TSN)

Coral Reef Dive at Teen Science Night

#TeenScienceNight is the nation’s largest youth-only museum event. #TSN is planned for teens by teens, for a fun and free night to explore, learn, engage with science, and connect with the Bay Area community.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Schedule: August 7, 2020, 6:30-9:00 PM
  • Location: California Academy of Sciences
  • Cost: Free, RSVP required
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Science Action Club (SAC)

Youth Conducting Citizen Science

Science Action Club (SAC) provides afterschool and summer learning organizations with high quality staff training, teaching kits, and STEM activities that inspire youth to explore nature and conduct citizen science investigations.

  • Grades: 5-8
  • Schedule: Afterschool, weekends, or summer
  • Location: Find a club near you
  • Cost: Varies by location
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