Picture your summer filled with nothing but experiments, formulas, and science. What kid really wants to spend the summer doing science, and, if they do , is it fun?
Summertime Science—an eleven-year program incorporated with the Saint Louis Science Center (SLSC)—offers children of community groups from all over the St. Louis Area the chance to explore basic science concepts of physical science, biology, chemistry, and technology. Children and their adult leaders come from groups such as Gateway IT's Gateway Michael students, Annie Malone Early Childhood, and George W. Carver House. "This program teaches over hundreds of children and adults", according to Diane Miller, SLSC Senior Vice President of School and Community Partnerships.
The local teenagers form four different teaching groups in this component. Currently, Summertime Science includes 58 teens and 8 supervisors, which is a big jump from where it started in 1997 with 7 teens.
"If you want a good experience to work with people , go for it , " says second-year YES teen Alex Walters. He adds that the program is important because it provides a chance to learn about science and the environment. And first-year Youth Science (YES) Teen Leslie Williams states, "[It’s a] good program that you can learn life skills at, and have a good time with staff and people here."