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! Want to stay up to date about our teen programs? Sign up for our email list!


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.

Y.O.L.O (Youth Organization for Lights Out)

Y.O.L.O. is an environmental justice program in which participants learn about light pollution with a focus on human health. The program is located at World Language High School, part of the Little Village Lawndale High School Campus.

This ten-week program will empower you to participate in the scientific inquiry process as you collect, analyze, and share the results of your light pollution investigations through civic action and community advocacy. You will also develop a prototype solution and action plans to increase awareness of light pollution.

Through field trips, you will have the opportunity to view the three different stages of how global citizens view urban and rural night skies.

You will become very familiar with the International Dark Sky Association.

Meeting Schedule

There is a mandatory Adler Teen Programs orientation on Saturday, October 5 from 11:30 am-2:00 pm. The orientation will be held onsite at the Adler Planetarium.

Workshops will be at World Language High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:30 pm with occasional Saturdays at the Adler Planetarium and at a TBD Chicago Park District park from October 8 through December 19, 2019.

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

  • Currently enrolled in high school
  • Preference will be given to students who attend the Little Village Lawndale High School Campus
  • A desire to explore parks outside to view the night sky
  • Interest in creative problem-solving in your community
  • Interest in activism and environmental health

Stipend

Students who successfully complete the workshop series will earn a $300 stipend. Stipends will be paid in two installments during the program.

Transportation

CTA passes provided.

You can learn more about this opportunity here.

Applications close on September 24.

TEAM STRATONAUTS

Ever code and wire a sensor to capture data from your own neighborhood, then use your findings to make a better world?! Ever design and 3D print a work of genius that can travel to the edge of space? Ever program a tiny computer, then send it on an underwater journey to discover, detect, and retrieve pieces of space?

No? Well, now you can try these and other projects⁠—and we can teach you how!

Team Stratonauts is a curiosity-driven cohort of high school-aged science pioneers embedded in the Adler’s exploration program, Far Horizons. You will learn important STEM skills like: 3D printing, computer-aided design, data analysis, coding, soldering, and high altitude ballooning. You’ll also be learning alongside Adler STEM Professionals. Learn as a team, build as a team, and explore as a team!

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

  • Currently enrolled in high school and at least 15 years old
  • Interest in creative problem solving and learning through hands-on science exploration
  • A desire to explore digital and physical tools, including but not limited to: soldering, drill press, Arduino, TinkerCAD, Fusion360, Makerbot, GoPro, Adobe Suite
  • Previous coding experience is NOT necessary. All this program requires is an open mind, a willingness to fail, and the perseverance to keep trying new things!

Meeting Schedule

Workshops will be held on Saturdays from 12:00-4:00 pm on the following dates*:

  • October 12, 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 16, 23
  • December 7, 14, 21
  • January 4, 11, 18, 25

There is a mandatory Adler Teen Programs orientation on Saturday, October 5 from 11:30 am-2:00 pm. The orientation will be held onsite at the Adler Planetarium.

*Additional hours may be added on certain Saturdays (TBD) for science trips into the field.

Stipend

Students who successfully complete the workshop series will earn a $300 stipend. Stipends will be paid in two installments.

Transportation

CTA passes provided

Applications close on September 24.

Hangouts

Hangouts is an event series for Chicago teens in the Cosmos. We explore young adult professional development, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), and we socialize.

We ask questions about the Cosmos that make us say wow while addressing the pressures and ambiguities that are facing teens now.

  • Monday, October 7, 4:30-6:00 pm: Standardized Testing & Self-Care
  • Friday, November 8, 2:00-3:30 pm: Ethics, Science and Social Justice, Science
  • Wednesday, December 11, 4:30-6:00 pm: Community Hangout: Smores, Open Mic

Hangouts are open to teens aged 14-19, and is free with an RSVP!

Questions? Please email fsowe@adlerplanetarium.org

The Aquarius Project

In the wee hours of a Monday morning in February of last year, a giant green fireball erupted over Lake Michigan. That fireball was a meteor breaking up in the atmosphere, and the pieces of that meteor are now sitting almost 200 feet below the surface of the lake. In the coming months, an unlikely scientific search-and-rescue team will pile onto a boat, sail out to the crash site, and attempt to retrieve these meteorites.