INTRODUCTION TO THE YOUNG SCIENTIST ACADEMY
What is the mission of YSA?
In a fun and creative environment, Young Scientist Academy (non profit 501(c)(3)) programs engage students’ innate interest in the natural world, allowing them to explore real world research in - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math - STEAM topics.
Our priority is to promote youth participation from underserved and downtown communities that are often faced with personal or environmental adversity by providing services at minimal expense to participants or no cost through scholarships. Through these career-building experiences, we aim to provide leadership, skills and confidence in our youth to establish partnerships and service opportunities for local communities.
There is no homework, no additional assignments and no grade involved with the YSA. We are all about promoting fun in science through active learning in a non-competitive environment.
What age groups can participate in YSA?
Our programs cater all ages from elementary to high school level students. We encourage any child that wants to get involved in hands-on scientific endeavors to join our programs. Applications are now open for our Fall 2018 programs. Please visit https://www.youngscientistacademy.org/fall-2018-after-school-program.html to join our waiting list.
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Figure showing weather balloon launch as part of Project deBort (http://luminanews.com/2016/07/middle-schoolers-gather-data-from-the-stratosphere/).
What science topics have we researched?
Our scientific research focuses on relevant issues that provide service to the community and advance scientific knowledge including marine, environmental and atmospheric sciences, urban ecology, and computer engineering and programming. Ongoing projects include our stratospheric weather balloon project, environmental drivers of global jellyfish blooms, effects of human activities on water quality, examining urban sustainability via contemporary art, and analyses of large databases using Python programming.
We are always open to creativity and innovation, and if there is a specific topic that a student would like to research, we will always work to try and make the research happen at some level.
What types of programs do we offer?
YSA programs occur year round, primarily through after-school and summer research enrichment experiences. Our programs are research oriented, hypothesis driven, and emphasize teaching the process of science, through conducting lab experiments, field expeditions, collegial discussions and effective scientific communication.
We also provide unique, career-building opportunities for our students including presenting YSA research at international conferences, publishing scientific research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and hosting art exhibits.
For more details and to register for our programs visit https://www.youngscientistacademy.org/fall-2018-after-school-program.html.
What specific skills sets and experiences do students gain by participating in YSA programs?
Some experiences and learned outcomes of the YSA include:
Examples of WAAS (Grade 6) & Bellamy Elementary (Grade 2) students conducting scientific research on jellyfish polyps, phytoplankton growth & weather balloon experiment.
How can I support YSA programs?
YSA is only able to run its programs at minimal cost through volunteers and generous financial support from the community. Through fundraising and grant writing efforts, our goal is to make our programs free of charge to all participants. Tax deductible donations and program sponsorship can be made online via PayPal at https://www.youngscientistacademy.org/support-ysa.html or checks can be sent to:
Young Scientist Academy
702 Paisley Court
Wilmington, NC 28409
We are also always looking for volunteers, and no task is too small. If you have expertise in science, technology, art, engineering, math, or just want to get experience yourself, we would love to have you on board. For volunteer opportunities please contact Dr. Rob Condon (Executive Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 386-1867.
Does YSA support community service?
Yes, absolutely. We believe it is important for science and our youth to give back to local communities through service projects and collaboration. This builds confidence, collegiality and self-esteem in our youth, and ultimately proactive future leadership in our communities. As part of our programs, all YSA students are expected to volunteer service hours to assisting partner non profits in their humanitarian efforts. If you have service opportunities for YSA students, please contact Dr. Rob Condon (Executive Director) at email@example.com or (910) 386-1867.