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.

The Junior Scientist Committee is working on a creative experience for 2021.  Signups are now open through October 1st.

Things to know about the Junior Scientist program:

It’s free! This is a great opportunity to expose students to STEAM education. For the 2021 virtual science festival, we are expanding our opportunities for Junior Scientists with three activities to choose to be part of the festival!  Students can sign up individually or as part of school groups.

Students can choose up to two (2) of the following activities to participate in:

  1. Video presentation: Film a 5-7 minute video doing a presentation of your favorite science subject (for example: whales, robotics, space)
  2. Backyard Bioblitz: outdoor activity which entails an hour and a half (1.5 hrs) backyard survey of the wildlife surrounding your home.
  3. Moderator at exhibitor Q&A: facilitate questions from the public to the exhibitors during their live presentations.

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.

Useful Junior Scientist Information