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Junior Scientist Workshop

Monthly; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Child looking through a microscope "Junior Scientist Workshop"

Child looking through a microscope 'Junior Scientist Workshop'

Grades 3-5

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!

Come 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, learn more about your favorite topics or discover something brand-new. Get exclusive access to the Academy’s world-renowned research and collections, further enhanced by hands-on projects. Workshop themes change every month and feature natural science lessons led by real scientists. We’ll bring the supplies, you bring your love of science and nature. For more information about this program, please contact Mary Bailey, youth and family programs developer, at mvb45@drexel.edu.

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

Registering more than one child per family? Book by calling 215-299-1060 to receive an exclusive discount on your registration.


Do Birds Say Brrrrr?
Saturday, December 11
10 a.m.–12 p.m.

$35 child/$25 member child per workshop; additional children per family can be registered for $10 each

$5 off with Early-bird Discount (Valid Through November 26)

Space is limited; register here by Thursday, December 9 at 5 p.m.

The days are getting colder and winter is upon us, so why are there still birds flying (and swimming!) outside? How can birds handle the cold weather, the icy water and the changing landscapes? Discover how avian adaptations allow our fine feathered friends to survive in the harshest environments. Examine specimens from our world-class Ornithology Collection. Try out a few hands-on adaptation activities to see how you would measure up if you were a bird.

Please bring a small snack and a filled reusable water bottle. Feel free to bring some shells or other natural history specimens from your own collection to show off, and we will provide everything else. At this time, masks are required in the museum for staff and guests. Please contact Mary Bailey, youth and family programs developer, at mvb45@drexel.edu.

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What’s So Mighty About a Diatom?
Saturday, January 22
10 a.m.–12 p.m.

$35 child/$25 member child per workshop; additional children per family can be registered for $10 each

$5 off with Early-bird Discount (Valid Through January 7)

Space is limited; register here register here by Thursday, January 20 at 5 p.m.

The plants and animals you see by a stream might tell you a story about the ecosystem, but do the organisms you can’t see paint an even bigger picture? Microscopic, single-celled diatoms are the information powerhouses of our waterways. Get a rare glimpse of the Academy’s incredible Diatom Collection and find out how we pioneered water research across the planet. Discover how diatoms have inspired scientists to invent special tools, and create beautiful art and take home your own daring diatom design. Learn why the Academy’s Diatom Collection has the biggest impact on the world even though it has some of the tiniest specimens.

This workshop is part of the Academy’s Water Year. Find out why we need to protect this resource and how you can help.

Please bring a small snack and a filled reusable water bottle. Feel free to bring some shells or other natural history specimens from your own collection to show off, and we will provide everything else. At this time, masks are required in the museum for staff and guests. Drop-off and check-in begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Academy’s 19th Street entrance. Please contact Mary Bailey, youth and family programs developer, at mvb45@drexel.edu.

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What Do Plants Have to Say?
Saturday, February 12
10 a.m.– 12 p.m.

$35 child/$25 member child per workshop; additional children per family can be registered for $10 each

$5 off with Early-bird Discount (Valid Through January 28)

Space is limited; register here by Thursday, February 10 at 5 p.m.

We know plants can’t talk, but how do they make their needs known? Although they may be quiet, plants still have plenty to say. Learn to interpret the unique signals that plants send, from “Stay away!” to “Help me move!” Explore plant chemical defenses, as well as plant and animal interactions. Examine Valentine’s Day flowers and fruits to discover all the ways that plants communicate with friends and foes. Enjoy a guided taste test of chocolate, peppers and other botanicals to find out just how good plants are at saying what they need to say.

Please bring a small snack and a filled reusable water bottle. Feel free to bring some shells or other natural history specimens from your own collection to show off, and we will provide everything else. At this time, masks are required in the museum for staff and guests. Drop-off and check-in begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Academy’s 19th Street entrance. Please contact Mary Bailey, youth and family programs developer, at mvb45@drexel.edu.

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Please note: Participants have the option to sample chocolate and sweet to hot peppers during this workshop. The program may not be suitable for children with food allergies or sensitivities. Please contact us to determine if this program is appropriate for your child.


Have You Been Living Under a Rock?
Saturday, March 19
10 a.m.–12 p.m.

$35 child/$25 member child per workshop; additional children per family can be registered for $10 each

$5 off with Early-bird Discount (Valid Through March 4)

Space is limited; register here register here by Thursday, March 17 at 5 p.m.

Bugs might bug us, but aren’t they part of a healthy ecosystem? The answer can be found in the water, floating on the surface or hanging out under the rocks! Learn about the invertebrates and plants that indicate if a stream is healthy and how their unique adaptations give them a chance to survive in their watery habitats. Discover the ways in which these living things are connected and how everything in nature connects back to us. Make a splash with some hands-on water activities. Practice taking a look at the smallest species for the biggest clues, and explore real solutions to keep our waterways clean and safe.

This workshop is part of the Academy’s Water Year. Find out why we need to protect this resource and how you can help.

Please bring a small snack and a filled reusable water bottle. Feel free to bring some shells or other natural history specimens from your own collection to show off, and we will provide everything else. At this time, masks are required in the museum for staff and guests. Drop-off and check-in begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Academy’s 19th Street entrance. Please contact Mary Bailey, youth and family programs developer, at mvb45@drexel.edu.

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