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Adler Youth Programs

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Get Involved this Fall 

The Adler Youth Programs place teens in professional museum roles that vary from positions in Visitor Experience and Learning, to basic Research. The goal of the Adler’s teen opportunities is to build real-world, transferable job skills, while providing students with experiences in space science and STEM career trajectories.

Questions? Contact us at youthprograms@adlerplanetarium.org

Teen Opportunities

After School Teen Hangouts

Starting September 17, 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

HackLabs

The Adler and the Shedd Aquarium are teaming up to present HackLabs – a chance for you to learn more about citizen science and design your own experiments. HackLabs will take place once a month on Saturdays.

  • HackLabs are free programs for a limited number of teens. Registration will open soon.
  • HackLabs will take place on Saturdays, October 11, November 8, December 6, January 10, and February 7. 

Check back in September for registration information.

Youth Leadership Council

The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a group of highly dedicated teens that have taken part in Adler programs and are looking to contribute a youth voice to the Adler. You may see YLC members at the Adler and at maker parties around the city. YLC members not only take the lead in developing and leading activities for other teens, but are also influential in making decisions that impact the entire museum.

  • YLC meets weekly from 4:30 to 6:30 pm during the school year. 
  • This is a volunteer role, with a commitment of participating during the entire year.

If you are interesting in finding out more about the Youth Leadership Council, contact us at youthprograms@adlerplanetarium.org

    Girls Do Hack

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    Hack for change

    The Adler hosted its first all-women hack day last November. Teams of girls ages 14-18 were paired with women working in STEM careers to explore science, technology, engineering and math, while creating and having fun.

    Stay tuned for our 2014 Girls Do Hack!


    Youth programs at the Adler Planetarium are supported by Microsoft.