Teen Opportunities

Teen Opportunities

The Adler’s Teen Programs focus on providing technical and professional skills, mentorship, and a welcoming learning environment for Chicago high school students of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities. We offer internships, workshops, after-school programs, and more. Whether you’re building a website, programming a robot, blogging about current space science, or facilitating a workshop for other teens, you’ll make an impact here!

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The Adler Planetarium is grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the Barker Welfare Foundation, Baxter, The Dover Foundation, Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at The Chicago Community Trust, The Leo S. Guthman Fund, the Pritzker Foundation, S&C Electric Company Foundation, The Siragusa Foundation, and Wells Fargo for supporting teen opportunities.

What's Going On?

Join the Adler Planetarium’s youth programs team after school every Wednesday beginning September 20, 2017 at the Doane Observatory from 4 pm to 7 pm during the school year! Hang out with us, meet new friends, and learn some new skills in science, engineering, and digital media. Design, model, and print objects with our 3D printers. Build and hack technology with Arduino, Makey Makey, or Raspberry Pi. We have laptops and tablets for you to explore these exciting tools, work on projects, or finish homework!

Internships & Volunteering

Are you a high school student and at least 14 years old? If so, you are eligible to join our volunteer team! Volunteers work in almost every area of the Adler, from helping visitors learn more about space to doing behind-the-scenes work. Volunteer hours can also count towards service learning hours.

Opportunities Include:

  • Do Science Research
  • Teach guests about Science, Technology, & Space
  • Build and send experiments to space
  • Be an Adler Teen Leader

What's Coming Up?

Operation Airlift

Chicago students will put their design, engineering, and circuits skills to work at the Adler Planetarium’s Operation Airlift on Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm!

Students will compete in teams to design, build, and present the best possible remotely-controlled airship. Operation Airlift is FREE and will offer students the opportunity to connect with other students, local mentors in STEM fields, and Adler staff.

Operation Airlift is open to students in Grades 6 through 12 (middle and high school students will compete separately). No experience necessary! All participants will receive lunch and snacks during the day, as well as a t-shirt. This year’s event will take place at the Rauner Family YMCA, at 2700 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608.

Students can individually register to reserve their spots online. However, if you have an organized group of students, financial support may be available to assist with transportation to the event! If you are interested, please fill out this form as soon as possible to let us know, and we’ll follow up.