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Tag: Teen Programs

A group of students at the Adler Planetarium's 2023 Operation Airlift, weighing their airship with the guidance of an Adler STEM mentor.

Operation Airlift: 3…2…1… Liftoff to Engineering!

Monday April 17th
Adler Planetarium Staff

What do you get when you mix an indoor soccer field, 500 cubic feet of helium, 100 middle schoolers, endless duct tape, 40 Adler staff and volunteers, 150 boxed lunches, and a pile of Snap Circuits? Why, Operation Airlift, of course!

Adler Teens venture onto lake Michigan in 2019 looking for fragments of a meteorite!

Aquarius Project Update: The Lab Results Are In

Saturday June 11th
Aubrey Henretty

Header Image: Adler Teens venture onto Lake Michigan in 2019 looking for fragments of a meteorite! Listen. It’s been five years since a meteor crashed into Lake Michigan and a team of Adler teens, scientists, and other determined meteorite hunters decided to go after it.  The odds were stacked against them at basically every turn. […]

Adler Teen Alumni: Heritage, Community, and the Future

Sunday October 6th
Colleen Cesaretti

By Rosalía Lugo, Teen Programs Manager, and Colleen Cesaretti Header Image: 2017 group photo of Adler Interns, including former Adler Teen, Mia Berrios. Credit: Mia Berrios Over the years, many teens have passed through our front doors, and in honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we are celebrating two of our stellar former Adler Teens, David […]

Teen members of the Adler Planetarium's Youth Leadership Council pose for a group photo in front of Lake Michigan.

Chicago Teens Find Safe Space at the Adler

Friday August 16th
Allegra Minor

Life as a teenager in Chicago can simultaneously be one of the most exciting and isolating things in the world. With public transportation and a host of cultural and academic institutions throughout the city, it’s easy to feel like the world is at your fingertips, but oftentimes there’s something missing: teen-friendly spaces. (Add on to […]

Adler Teens Meet NASA Astronaut

Thursday August 8th
Allegra Minor

On May 15, 2019, some of our Adler Teens had the opportunity to have dinner with former NASA astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson at a special dinner in the Grainger Sky Theater. The event took place the evening before our Women in Space Science Award Celebration where we honored Dr. Whitson for her achievements in the […]

Headshot of Brenda, Adler Teen Collections Intern, standing in front of the History of Astronomy collections door

Minorities Take On Museums

Wednesday July 31st
Allegra Minor

An interview with Brenda G., Teen Collections Intern Many people find studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) or working in a science institution intimidating, but a whole other layer is added when you’re one of the first in your family to do it. I sat down with collections intern Brenda Galan to discuss her […]

Postcard from the 1930s featuring the Adler Planetarium in what is nowadays known as Chicago Museum Campus. Note the Shedd Aquarium just below, and the Field Museum next to it. (Adler Planetarium Archives).

Defying Boundaries in the Museum World

Tuesday January 29th
Pedro Raposo

The Adler Planetarium opened to the public on May 12, 1930, forming a triumvirate of museums with the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium in what is nowadays known as Chicago Museum Campus, a beautiful park by Lake Michigan. In 1932 the Adler’s first director, Philip Fox, wrote: “the three [museums] are fittingly closely associated […]

Theresa Melo in a field of satellites

The Far Side of the Galaxy

Wednesday January 23rd
Aubrey Henretty

Growing up in Cicero—a Chicago suburb that shares a border with the city’s Lawndale neighborhood—Theresa Melo never really thought about going to college. Now, she’s a senior at Agnes Scott College, just outside Atlanta, using radio waves to see through the murky parts of our galaxy. Of course, this change of heart didn’t happen overnight. […]


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