55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
94118
415.379.8000
Regular Hours:

Daily

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 am
Closures
Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Parking and traffic in Golden Gate Park will be congested the weekend of 4/19–4/20. Save $3 on Academy admission when you take public transportation.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Youth Programs

The Academy provides a variety of Out-of-School-Time and Digital Learning 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.

Science Action Clubs

The Science Action Club Program ignites the spark for science in middle school youth and their afterschool activity leaders. Through dynamic and authentic investigations, youth explore their local environment, make observations about the natural world, and contribute data to real scientific research. The Academy provides afterschool programs with blended professional development, science-themed activity modules, and essential supply kits. Science Action Clubs are currently offered through afterschool programs in ten San Francisco Unified School District middle schools.

Learn about how SAC is bringing technology into afterschool programs

For more information please contact:

Laura Herszenhorn

(510) 379-5150

Teen Advocates for Science Communication (aka the TASC Force)

Youth volunteers in the Teen Advocates for Science Communication program engage with the Academy's mission of exploring, explaining, and sustaining life through the creation of innovative public programs. Youth 8th-12th grade work with Academy professionals to create experiences for museum visitors that communicate science in a fun and exciting way such as flash mobs, collections based fashion shows, or pop ups. Joining the TASC Force is a great way to help the Academy create fun and lively experiences for museum guests. Volunteer credits available.

For more information please contact:

Justin Canty

(415) 379-5104

Pearson Young Scientists Middle School Program

The Pearson Young Scientists program provides both middle and high school youth opportunities to work alongside Academy professionals. With programs ranging from one week to one year, youth collaboratively work to understand a project theme, opportunities for impact and then work alongside our Digital Learning team to create a digital project. All Pearson young scientists programs focus on topics of civic engagement.

Some examples of Pearson Young Scientists high school programs include creating educational gaming experiences about earthquake safety and preparedness and youth research on digitally based, community-oriented solutions regarding the problem with plastics in the San Francisco area.

For more information please contact:

Rik Panganiban

(415) 379-5830

Careers in Science

The Careers in Science program offers a year-round science education and youth development internship with three major components: learning science, teaching science to others, and conducting scientific research. High school interns learn about the findings and processes of science and the natural world through hands-on trainings, field science experiences, and peer and professional mentorships. This multi-year paid internship serves San Francisco youth typically under-represented in the sciences. Interns are typically accepted during 10th or 11th grades.

Learn more about the Careers in Science Intern Program

Read our blog!

For more information please contact:

Neal Ramus

(415) 379-5109

Teen Advocates for Science Communication (aka the TASC Force)

Youth volunteers in the Teen Advocates for Science Communication program engage with the Academy's mission of exploring, explaining, and sustaining life through the creation of innovative public programs. Youth 8th-12th grade work with Academy professionals to create experiences for museum visitors that communicate science in a fun and exciting way such as flash mobs, collections based fashion shows, or pop ups. Joining the TASC Force is a great way to help the Academy create fun and lively experiences for museum guests. Volunteer credits available.

For more information please contact:

Justin Canty

(415) 379-5104

Pearson Young Scientists High School Program

The Pearson Young Scientists program provides both middle and high school youth opportunities to work alongside Academy professionals. With programs ranging from one week to one year, youth collaboratively work to understand a project theme, opportunities for impact and then work alongside our Digital Learning team to create a digital project. All Pearson young scientists programs focus on topics of civic engagement.

Some examples of Pearson Young Scientists high school programs include creating an educational gaming experience geared towards teaching elementary age youth about earthquake safety and preparedness and having youth research and come up with digitally based, community oriented solutions regarding the problem with plastics in the San Francisco area.

For more information please contact:

Rik Panganiban

(415) 379-5830

Science in Action

The Science in Action High School program focuses on connecting digital media with science investigation and learning. Youth who participate will develop skills in communicating science to the public through the creation and delivery of science stories using different media types.

Some examples of Science in Action high school programs include creating informational and engaging media stories about issues of sustainability, and exploring the universe with planetarium software and access to the Academy's all digital planetarium dome.

For more information please contact:

Rik Panganiban

(415) 379-5830

Student Science Fellows

The Student Science Fellows program pairs highly motivated youth with Academy researcher scientists to conduct authentic research and disseminate the results of their work. Youth in this program have already shown a serious commitment to science and work directly with Academy researchers on a co-created research project. Fellowships require a one-year commitment and are available to 11th and 12th graders from the Bay Area.

For more information please contact:

Roberta Brett

(415) 379-5224

Digital Learning Food Sleuths Program

During the “Food Sleuths” youth program, a group of high-school teens will have the opportunity to learn about where their food comes from, how it is produced, what kind of impact their food choices have on the environment, and what people can do to live and eat more sustainably. This program will focus on the science of agriculture and other food production technologies, ecosystems, human health, and sustainable food practices both individually and societally. Youth participants will create interactive videos, digital maps, and other online assets to assist the public in knowing more about the food they consume and how to make healthier choices for themselves and the planet.

Applications for this program are now closed.

For more information please contact:

Christine Wilkinson

(415) 379-5193

Science of Skulls Filmmaking Summer Camp

In the Science of Skulls Filmmaking Summer Camp, middle school youth will create their own engaging short science films about biodiversity and evolution. Youth who participate will do their own science investigations, go behind-the-scenes and meet Academy scientists, and learn video production skills from the Academy’s Visualization Studio. Youth will take home their creations at the end of the program.

Dates: July 14th–18th, Mon–Fri. 9am–3pm
Price: $400/$360 for Academy members
Lunch will be provided each day.

For more information please contact:

Rik Panganiban

(415) 379-5830

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For more information on Youth Programs contact:

Katie Levedahl

(415) 379-5115

Interns

   

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Digital Learning Video

   

Unseasonal Migrations - video

Unseasonal Migrations was produced by youth participating in the 2012 Science in Action Summer Intensive.

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