Adler Planetarium

Adler Youth Programs

Whether you already have a strong interest in space science, physics, computers, or engineering, or you haven’t yet studied the STEM fields on your own, the Adler Planetarium Youth Programs has something to offer you. We focus on providing technical and professional skills, mentorship, and a welcoming learning environment for high school students of diverse backgrounds, interests, and abilities. All of our programs challenge students to think critically, solve problems creatively, and work successfully in teams.

Teen Opportunities

After School Teen Hangouts

Join us on Wednesdays between 4 and 7 pm to hang out and learn some new skills in science, engineering, and digital media. We have wifi, laptops, tablets, and other tech equipment available for you to work on projects or homework, explore some exciting tools, or just meet some new friends! 

  • This is a free program – drop by when you can! 
  • Each month will feature a different theme for optional activities to sharpen your skills.  
  • We will provide Ventra cards to cover the cost of transportation to the Adler.
  • Learn more about After School Teen Hangouts

Web-Making Workshops

Want to use the power of the web to make change in your community? From December, 2015, through February, 2016, the Adler Planetarium will offer entry-level web-making workshops to teach you the basics of web development—HTML, CSS, and the collaborative processes involved. By the end of the course, these skills will have helped you build a cause-focused website and allow you to teach those skills back to your peers.

The three-hour workshops will take place on December 28 – 31;  January 9 and 23; and February 6 and 20. Students who complete the program will receive a stipend. Applications will open later this fall. 

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Astro-Journalist Interns

Adler Astro-Journalist interns work with astronomers and mentors to research various topics in space science, write about their findings in blog posts, and participate in ongoing citizen science efforts with projects on Zooniverse. Explore the research and writing of former Astro-Journalist interns via our blog posts.

This paid internship will take place once a week from January through April, 2016. Applications will open later this fall.

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Girls Do Hack


Hack for Change

The Adler hosted its second all-female hack day this past November, 2014. Teams of girls ages 14-18 were paired with female professional mentors working in STEM careers to explore science, technology, engineering and math, while creating and having fun.

Learn more about Girls Do Hack 2015!