The Academy provides a variety of out-of-school-time programs for middle and high school-aged youth. We are committed to providing the inspiration and training for young people to become science enthusiasts and stewards of the natural world.

Careers in Science Intern Program
An intern dissecting an animal.

Since 1996, the Careers in Science Intern Program has provided San Francisco youth from communities traditionally underrepresented in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) fields with opportunities to immerse themselves in the sciences.

Age: 9th - 12th graders
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Time: Afterschool and weekends
Duration: Multiyear, year-round participation

Digital Learning TechTeens
A teenager in the Digital Learning program interviews someone for a project.

Digital Learning allows young people to develop their technology skills, explore science and nature, and create cool digital science stories using diverse media. 

Age: 9th - 12th graders (7th-12th graders in the summer)
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Time: 4 - 6:30 pm on either Tuesdays or Thursdays
Duration: Fall,spring, or summer semester


Science Action Club
Youth Conducting Citizen Science

Science Action Club (SAC) engages middle school youth in authentic, hands-on science through partnerships with local afterschool providers.

Age: 6th - 8th graders
Location: Local afterschools and community organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
Time: After school, varies by club

Teen Advocates for Science Communication
Our TASC volunteers in front of the T. rex skeleton in the California Academy of Sciences.

Teen Advocates for Science Communication (TASC Force) is the Academy's seasonal youth volunteer program. Participants carry out our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life by designing and presenting original programming to the public.

Age: 8th - 12th graders
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Time: After school and weekends
Duration: Fall, spring, or summer season

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Teen Events

The Academy hosts monthly workshops and annual science parties available exclusively for teens ages 13-18.