Teen Advisory Board
Arizona Science Center’s Teen Advisory Board works closely with the Center’s leadership team to develop, test, and implement content, programs, and special events targeted to teens ages 12-18. Board Members, selected through an application and interview process, are an important asset of the Science Center as we are uniquely positioned to inspire teens to engage in science, and perhaps even consider a STEM-related career.
Not only do board members have a real impact on the Center’s engagement with the teen audience, but they also gain experience serving on the board of a leading cultural institution. Throughout the year-long commitment, the members collaborate, not only with Arizona Science Center staff but also with community partners in the planning and implementation of programs and events for teens.
Since the inception in 2017, Arizona Science Center’s Teen Advisory Board has engaged more than 3,600 youth, ages 13-18-year-olds, in hands-on STEM learning opportunities.
Falling Into STEM Video Contest Update
The Arizona Science Center Teen Advisory Board recently held a STEM Video Contest called Falling Into STEM. This contest provided teens an opportunity to have some fun while showing off their passion by creating a short video showing off a science experiment or demonstration of their choice.
The Board wants to thank all of you who participated!
1st Place Winner
2nd Place Winner
3rd Place Winner
Teens Advisory Board Events
For Teens, By Teens!
Arizona Science Center’s Teen Advisory Board is hosting a series of three virtual workshops focused on Preparing for College. Each event will consist of Teen Advisory Board members moderating a panel of experts providing pertinent information as well as answering questions from participants.
College Series #1: Financing College
Do you have questions about paying for college? Please join us for the first event in our College series, Financing College: How to Pay the Dollars for Your Degree. Experts from AZ College Access Network (AzCAN) and College Depot will be sharing information about FASFA completion, Ask Benji, and scholarship opportunities. Additionally, current university students will provide their insights and perspectives on this topic.
College Series #2: College Admissions
Do you have questions about college admissions? Please join our panel of college admissions professionals to learn about admission requirements, any potential pandemic-related changes, deferred admissions, and the Common App. Have your questions ready to be answered!
College Series #3: Finding the Right Fit
There are so many choices of where to go to further your education after high school. Large University, Community College, Small Private University, Technical Institute, Online..... Join a panel of higher education students and professionals to learn about the differences and similarities between them all so you can find the right fit for you!
CREATE Teen Events
CREATE Teen Events provide teens the opportunity to participate in maker experiences in a social environment that engages them through problem-based learning and spark their curiosity in STEM-based careers. Held in CREATE, our 6500 square foot maker space, CREATE Events are designed to be the most hands-on and interactive and incorporate a wide variety of themes.
Teen Science Socials
Science Socials provide the opportunity for teens from across the Valley to re-engage with the Science Center in a whole new way. Unlike the typical field trip or family visit they may have experienced as a child, these events are designed around a theme with a variety of corresponding science-based activities for high school students to engage in. Thanks to community partners these events are typically free of providing guests free food and drinks. Science socials often include live music, photo-ops, and reduced or free admission to the current featured exhibit at the Science Center.
TeenTalk: Careers in STEM
Each TeenTalk: Careers in STEM workshops provides teens the opportunity to engage with industry professionals to learn about specific STEM-based careers. In addition to the opportunity to ask questions of and engage in informal discussions with the panelists, these workshops engage participants with hands-on activities or simulations related to the careers discussed. Teen Talks create a platform for teens to ask questions and speak informally with scholars, scientists and college representatives about STEM-related subjects and careers.
Virtual TeenTalk Events
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Teen Advisory Board chose to pivot and engage teens through virtual events. These events chose to focus on topics directly impacting teens today and included sessions around Mental Health, Pursuing STEM in High School, and Tips & Tricks to High School Success. Structured like the TeenTalk: Careers in STEM, the virtual events provide teens the opportunity to engage with a panel of experts, some teens themselves and others adult experts in the field, to learn information, discuss experiences, and engage with others their age when coming together in person is a challenge.
What do Teens Advisory Board members do?
- Participate in meetings, as well as respond promptly to periodic email requests for input and feedback
- Actively assist in organizing program-oriented events and activities at the Science Center
- Serve as ambassadors/leaders on the board, leading by example
- Promote Teen events happening at the Center
- Provide ideas, insights, and feedback on new programs
2020-2021 Teen Advisory Board Members
Anaya Bhargavi Kodali
Sai Srihaas Potu