Academy of Science- St. Louis

The Academy seeks to advance the public understanding of science and promote interest in the sciences to students and adults through accessible, year-round seminars and educational initiatives.

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Address: 5050 Oakland Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone Number: 314-289-1402

-The children we engage in science and technology today are the critical thinkers and problem solvers of the future

-The decisions facing our world require a scientifically-literate citizenry, informed by those with expertise in science and technology

-The St. Louis region is a brain-trust of researchers, investigators, explorers, and science advocates-dedicated to fostering the next generation of STEM leaders and advocates


-That by 8th grade, children have determined if they have a place in science and technology. By connecting them to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professionals who share the rewards of their efforts, we are building the workforce of the future

-That communicating complex science and technology ideas to the public can be effectively accomplished through stories, accessible outreach, and citizen-science opportunities

-That children learn science inquiry through hands-on, relevant, project-based experiences

-That 87% of middle school students, after engaging in Academy career explorations with professionals in science and technology, report a better understanding of why it's important to take math and science; and 74% report the program inspired them to want to find out more about future careers in STEM fields.


-In the power of collaboration and interdisciplinary ideas and effort

-In an engaged community of advocates of the community outreach initiatives of the Academy of Science

-In the value of a uniquely independent and community supported organization, true to its 1856 mission of "Promoting the understanding and appreciation of science."
"My experiences with the Honors Science Fair and research in high school is actually what drove me to human rights and children's rights and working towards achieving well-being for as many people as possible. The research, critical thinking, writing, and mentorship skills I gained from the Academy of Science have been pivotal in shaping my life and aspirations."
- Meghana B.,
Columbia University undergraduate and founder, Just for Kids

"Science is becoming a major aspect of society, and encouraging us, the younger generation, to pursue this subject is one of the most important things humanity can do."
- Christopher L.
8th Grade Science Fair Participant

"Yesterday- my son increased his ease/comfort of use with the 50 common trees book key guide and he learned how to catch insects including assassin beetle and soldier bug. Today- he caught 21 bullfrog tadpoles."
- 2017 BioBlitz Participant

"Thank you so much for putting together such a fantastic science fair! It was a great opportunity for me to learn and exercise my mind. I really appreciate being able to understand what science is, not just learning about what it does and what we've found out. It was a phenomenal experience..."
- Kadin K.
9th Grade Honors Fair and Science Fair Participant

"I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the Future Trek event yesterday. It was a fun process and I really enjoyed interacting with the students. This program offers such unique experiences for students in a fun and interactive way. I wish I had gone through similar programs when I was their age! Please keep me posted on future events like this!"
- Christine S.
Academy Speaker for Science and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center post-doc Fellow

"My son told me that if he could have math like that every day, he would always want to go!" (Math Explorations: Graphs, Paths and Unsolved Questions in Mathematics Teen Café )
- Parent of student attendee

"Just wanting you to know that the students are still beaming from their experience. They were bragging to their peers about the trip.
Again, thank you for all of your efforts towards making a difference in the lives of our students at Normandy.
They worked liked quiet mice today. Awesome,"
- Mama L.
Normandy High School Science Teacher