Earth Day Activities
Come and experience real world science experiments, including chemistry, physics, coding, and virtual reality technology.
Giving Tuesday is HERE!
YSA started our Sidewalk Science programs in 2020, partially in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Setting up sidewalk experiments and outdoor projects was a great way to engage our youth, and whole neighborhoods, when they were tired of being indoors and staring at screens.
Our goal for #GiveYSA is to raise $10,000 so YSA can build a mobile Sidewalk Science lab.
Help us build this outdoor portable lab facility to bring science fun out into the community. Then science will be just a hop, skip, and a jump away from anyone wanting to give science a try.
Youth Science Benefit Dinner @ Panacea
Feel good in so many ways by joining us Thursday, September 28 for a #plantbased Benefit Dinner at Panacea Brewing Company supporting Young Scientist Academy! Savor a 3-course plant-based meal, paired with tasty locally-brewed kombuchas and beers. Invite your friends for a fun and feel-good night out supporting STEM programs for downtown youth!
Tickets $70 | Register by September 22, 2023
We Are Hiring!
We are currently seeking motivated, dedicated, and community-focused undergraduates to join our paid internship program. Help build the next generation of leaders by applying to our internship positions in STEM Education, Technology & Coding, Spanish-speaking Educator, and Marketing and Development. To apply email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications open to Undergraduate and Graduate students
Stipend: $1,200-$1,500 per semester
10 hours per week for 15 weeks
Starts 5 September 2023
Youth CAUSE Initiative Applications Now Open!
Applications are now open for our free Youth Climate Action and Urban Sustainability Emissaries (CAUSE) Initiative program, conducted over two-weeks from August 8-18, mentoring youth on how to be ambassadors of science and technology in their communities. We encourage all forms and styles of scientific exploration, discovery and creativity.
Applications Due By 11.59am on Monday July 31, 2023
Thanks for All Your Support!
A HUGE thanks to EVERYONE for your continued support of our youth programs. We are so inspired to be able to serve our youth as future leaders in the community. We could not do it without you!
Join Us for the 2024 Earth Day Summit
Climate Change & Weather || Fast Fashion || Future Earth: Life on Mars || Environmental Engineering
Free Admission & Free Parking
Saturday April 22, 2023 @ the Harrelson Center
20 N 4th St, Wilmington NC
Come out and support our youth as future leaders in our community. This event will feature a variety of engaging youth presentations, discussions and activities on some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Highlights include a "slow" fashion show showcasing sustainable and ethical fashion alternatives, discussions on climate change and its impact on the planet, presentations on future earth innovation and technology solutions, and explorations of how we can explore and protect our environmental.
Click here for more info about the summit.....
YSA Invites You to Join Our "Bubbly" Night of FUN!
Come join our beer tasting fundraiser at the Broomtail Pub & Arcade and help support our future science leaders in the community over a few "brewskis". Evening includes pairings of 3 beers with 3 food courses - local oysters, arepas, and empanadas, and a variety of desserts. Guest speakers, youth science demonstrations, silent auction and much more!
Cost: $65/person (21+)
When: Monday August 29 starting at 6.30p
Location: Broomtail Pub & Arcade, 7211 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28411
Questions? Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please click here to contact our events team.
Spaces are limited so be sure to register soon!
This van will replace YSA’s 20-year-old Toyota Sienna (>250,000 miles, 6 passenger capacity). The van requires constant maintenance and this limits participation of youth in our programs who do not have access to transportation.
Our goal this "GiVAN' Tuesday" is to raise $25,000 so YSA can acquire a new 12-passenger van.
We will use the van to transport students and supplies for all YSA activities such as after-school pickups, field trips, and community programs. Typical local travel ranges 250-300 miles per week, and field expeditions range 300-400 miles in a day.
We are excited to announce Code Niñas is coming to GLOW Academy as part of a new and exciting STEM experience for our future girl coders!
Ever wanted to learn how to code a computer game, understand how to design your own website from scratch, or even how to build your own desktop computer? Then come and learn the basics of Python and HTML code and you will be a coder extraordinaire in no time!
No prior experience necessary, just a love for computer science and having a good time along the way!
Get Involved in the Inaugural Youth CAUSE Summit
Our youth ambassadors did an awesome job presenting their research at our inaugural Youth CAUSE - Climate Action and Urban Sustainability Emissaries - Summit. This was truly an amazing collaboration between our youth and community stakeholders, discussing ways to use science to solve issues in our community.
Stay tuned for the release of our Youth CAUSE summit video soon!
Looking into COVID-19....the Global Health Pandemic
What do we do with this information? Well, this data gives the resources to the public so they can educate themselves on what is going on in their states and find ways to slow down the spread of COVID-19 while also figuring out ways to continue to protect themselves and their loved ones.
North Carolina is recovering slowly.....
By Darling, Justine, Ava, and Sarah
The question we are addressing is how the number of CoronaVirus cases is reflected in different counties. This question is important because in times like this we need to find which areas in our region are doing the worst and offer them aid while learning from the better ones to help improve ourselves as a whole.
We expected to see counties such as Wake County with a higher amount of cases than the others because it includes the capital, Raleigh, where there is a high traffic of people coming in and out. Our group gathered information from websites accessible to the public, transformed the data into CSV files, and then proceeded to make it into a graph, making it easier to read and visualize.
Wake and Johnston County had the most cases while Pender and Bladen County had the least cases. We were curious why Johnston County had so many rapidly growing cases but it was because Johnston county neighbors Wake, which is one of the counties with the most cases in North Carolina. This data shows how different COVID cases can be and how each county is treating the change to better their county. For example, the NCDHHS installed an acronym for what people should do when outside their homes. They call it the “Three W’s”, which stand for, wear a mask, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands.
Europe is recovering very well....
This question is important to ask because we warn people about how dangerous COVID-19 is to society, especially at-risk populations. I hypothesized that few people were infected in Europe, but my analyses show that number of cases were high, especially early on in the pandemic. The trends in Europe are improving though, which is great news! My recommendation is to 'stay home to save lives', which will help in continuing to flatten the curve.
South America should be careful
I expected to see a higher amount of cases in higher populated countries in South America. The way I went about to figure out and answer my question was that I found out which countries people were interested in, then proceeded to find the COVID data of those countries and compared them. I graphed a total of 6 countries in South America and the top country was Peru and the lowest country with the least amount of cases in the graph was Honduras. A reason I believe Peru was so high in cases was because Peru is a neighbor country with Brazil. Brazil which is a country with 2.5 million cases as of July. Being so close to Brazil affects the amount of cases in Peru and other countries nearby. The graph includes 6 countries but it only is a small portion of all covid cases around the world. This little graph is only the baby of all cases. Coming to a conclusion based on the data, I would say, stay home and keep you and your loved ones safe.
"El futuro de la vida marina en un océano cambiante"
Dr. Debora Iglesias-Rodriguez.
(“The Future of Marine Life in a Changing Ocean” - Dr. Debora Iglesias-Rodriguez. Wednesday 5/6 @ 1pm)
¿Sabía que dos tercios de nuestros océanos se ven afectados por actividades humanas como el cambio climático y la contaminación? Acompaña a la reconocida científica marina, la Dra. Deborah Iglesias-Rodriguez, profesora de la Universidad de California en Santa Bárbara, para aprender sobre los fascinantes animales y algas que viven en el océano, las carreras en ciencias marinas, y cómo usted también puede hacer una diferencia en la protección de nuestros ecosistemas costeros y oceánicos. ¡Promete ser una experiencia agradable!
The students, staff, and families of Young Scientist Academy stand in support of Black people during these difficult times. Racial equality and social justice are currently on trial each day on our streets in the form of protests and outrage. We condemn any instance of police brutality as an assault on human rights. More....
Weekly afterschool program providing a series of fun and interactive workshops for hispanic girls in the world of information technology and computer science.
Daily afterschool program collaborating with Voyage providing hands-on experiences, field expeditions, science experiments, coding, and more.
Sign up to become a volunteer. Help out with our in-person afterschool programs (Code Niñas and Sidewalk Science), Youth Cause Initiative, and online homework help.
YSA Summer Science Program
YSA is here for all your summer science and technology adventures. Whether it be exploring the outdoors or being creative in our interactive, think-tank facilities, there is something for all our youth to experience real world science in a fun and nurturing environment. Every camp will involve hands-on lab activities, using technology, and field expeditions throughout the Cape Fear region, as well as collaborating with other non-profits in Wilmington to serve the downtown community and assist in conservation efforts in coastal habitats.
Before and after camp care is also available with drop-off as early as 7.30a and pick-up as late as 5.30p.