Encourage a middle school or high school student
interested in science to volunteer.

Do you like science? Then you are in the right place!

The Junior Scientist Program was developed in 2014 by students of the University of South Florida, College of Marine Science. The primary goal of the program is to engage middle and high school students in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) related activities during the festival. The junior scientists get to learn science first-hand from experts in the field and assist exhibitors in explaining their science to the public.

Junior Scientist Registration for 2025 will open in the fall of 2024.  Come back to this page for updates.

Things to know about the Junior Scientist program:

It’s free! This is a great opportunity to expose students to STEAM education.   Students can sign up individually or as part of school groups.

Jr. Scientists are required to have consent from parents/guardians in order to be eligible to participate in the program.  If junior scientists are participating with their school, our program can accept up to 10 students per school and each school should have one chaperone for every 5 students.

Participating Junior Scientists will get a volunteer hours letter.

If you have questions or need assistance contact: juniorscientist@stpetescifest.org 

Useful Junior Scientist Information