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Junior Scientist Workshop

Junior Scientist Workshop girl learning on laptop

Junior Scientist Workshop girl learning on laptop

New! Junior Scientist Virtual Workshop Series
Monthly; Zoom
Ages 8 to 11 (younger children are welcome to join with parental assistance)

Are you naturally curious about the world around you? Do you dream of digging up dinos, walking with penguins or diving with sharks? Are your pockets filled with rocks, shells and bugs?

If you answered yes to any of these, then you are a Junior Scientist!

Zoom on in for exclusive lessons taught by the Academy’s awesome scientists and savvy educators. Meet other kids who share your passion for science and natural history. Check out rare specimens and learn more about your favorite topics or discover something brand-new. Workshop themes change every month and feature natural science lessons led by real scientists. Get exclusive access to the Academy’s world-renowned research and collections, further enhanced by educator-led projects.

As this workshop is delivered virtually, hands-on activities are designed to be done at home with easy-to-find supplies. Zoom link and supply list will be emailed prior to the event. Space is limited to ensure a quality experience for every participant.

We can’t wait to meet the next generation of scientists!


Can a Turtle Change Its Shell?
Saturday, May 22

$45 child/$60 family ($40 member child/$55 member family) per workshop)

$10 off with Early-bird Discount (valid through May 9)

Space is limited; register here

We know that animals with backbones have lived all over the world for hundreds of millions of years, but how does the vertebrate skeleton contribute to their survival? From dinosaurs to deer to turtles to humans, skeletons provide a real framework for success! Discover all the things that vertebrates through time have in common, and get the scoop about how they adapted in unique and specific ways. Check out real specimens from the Academy’s famous collection, and meet a live turtle to find out how its shell is a specially adapted skeletal feature. Learn about the chemistry of calcium with some hands-on activities at home as you find out how strong bones give us an edge.

You’ll meet Jason Downs, PhD, a vertebrate paleontology specialist and ancient animal afficionado. The coolest vertebrate animal Jason has ever seen is a killer whale. His favorite dancer is Allison Holker, who definitely needed a limber skeleton to be an all-star on So You Think You Can Dance!

*Early Bird Discount! Save $10 when you register by May 9.*

Morning Session: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Afternoon Session: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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What’s Down the Shore?
Saturday, June 12

Morning Session: 10–11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Session: 1–2:30 p.m.

$45 child/$60 family ($40 member child/$55 member family) per workshop

*Early Bird Discount! Save $10 when you register by May 30.*

Space is limited; register here

Why do we all like going to the beach? Shorelines are one of the most popular areas for trade, homes, and relaxation for human beings. However, they are so much more. Shorelines are teeming with life across the entire animal kingdom. Many species of birds, fish and even mammals are found at the shore, but they are dwarfed by invertebrates. See just how many there are with a peek at the Academy’s vast collection and learn about all of the amazing adaptations they have. Then, try your hand at discovering the best adaptations for life on the shore with hands-on activities and learn what it means to live on the shore.

You’ll meet Gary Rosenberg, PhD, part of the Academy’s Malacology Department and a professor in Drexel's Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science program.

Morning Session: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Afternoon Session: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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