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Astro-Science Workshop

A group of Far Horizons participants launch a high-altitude balloon into the atmosphere.

Astro-Science Workshop (ASW) at the Adler Planetarium is a fun, intensive program about space exploration designed for high school students in the Chicago area. ASW began more than 50 years ago during the space race and Apollo program and counts numerous scientists, engineers, business leaders and a former NASA astronaut as alumni. ASW encourages participants to consider pursuing careers in science by offering the unique opportunity to work with astronomers, engineers, and educators at the Adler Planetarium.

Urban light pollution is the focus of this year’s program. Through hands-on activities, participants will develop skills in electronic hardware, computer programming, structural design, data analysis, and teamwork. Working in small groups, ASW participants will design, build, and present prototype solutions to mitigate the effects of light pollution.

Due to COVID-19 Astro-Science Workshop will be a virtual program. If circumstances allow, the program may change from a virtual program to an onsite program at the Adler Planetarium. The Adler will provide all necessary program materials to selected participants.

Meeting Schedule:
Dates: Monday – Friday, July 6 – July 30, 2021, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Interested? Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Teens enrolled in 8th – 12th grade during the 2020-2021 school year
  • Interested in learning new STEM skills and passionate about science
  • Team players who collaborate well with peers
  • Able to attend all program sessions


Participants who successfully complete the workshop series will earn a $300 stipend. If the program switches from remote to onsite transportation support will be available.


At the end of ASW, three $2,500 college scholarships will be awarded to ASW participants who have demonstrated exemplary engagement and leadership qualities as well as the successful completion of a Research Portfolio (details to follow). Scholarships will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution upon the student submitting proof of enrollment. 


1.) APPLICATION: Fill out the online application form by March 21st. 

2.) REFERENCE: Ask a teacher to submit a reference on your behalf using the ASW Reference Form by March 21st. Please only submit one reference.

3.) Interviews: Following application review, some candidates will be contacted to schedule an online interview with Adler staff members. Interviews will take place in April.

4.) Applicant Notification: All program applicants will be updated of their status during the first week of May.

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