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Junior Docent Program

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History's Junior Docent Program welcomes teens entering 8th grade through 12th grade in the 2023-2024 school year and are ages 13-17 at the start of the school year.

Join a community of like-minded teens who are curious about science, want to develop customer service skills, engage with the public while working as educators in the museum's exhibit halls, and explore STEM career paths. The program is supported and enriched by the active involvement of museum staff, curators, and volunteers who share their content expertise and love of their fields with the Junior Docents.

Working side-by-side with the museum’s educators, staff, and volunteers who will share their scientific and historical knowledge, junior docents will become experts in a science or history topic related to the museum by doing research and performing experiments with our Science a La Carte offerings. Junior docents will work closely with educators to create ways to communicate their findings to museum visitors through demonstrations, activities, and discussions.

There is no out-of-pocket cost to join the museum’s junior docent program. Junior docents are expected to complete an application and commit to three hours a month (on Saturday’s), with increased demonstration practice from January through March (in preparation for the Einstein Gala). Junior Docents will have the opportunity to complete their demonstration hours on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Junior Docents will participate in several museum events and as a culmination of the junior docent program, docents will participate in the annual Einstein Gala, the museum’s largest fundraising event each year.

Qualifications
The primary qualifications for being a Junior Docent include a curiosity about the world around us, an interest in STEM topics, and a willingness to learn. Qualified Junior Docents:

  • Are 13 - 17 years old entering 8th - 12th grades in fall, 2023
  • Will commit to working three (3) hours (minimum) a month over the course of the program: beginning Saturday, September 9, 2023, through Saturday, April 13, 2024, with increased demonstration practice January – March
  • Are curious about STEM-related concepts and ideas
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in learning and sharing science with peers and museum guests
  • Fee: FREE
  • Application deadline: September 1, 2023
  • MUST COMMIT to participate in the annual Einstein Gala, the museum's largest fundraising event of the year on Saturday, March 16, 2024

If you have questions about the Junior Docent Program, please contact Linda Anderson, Education Enrichment Coordinator, landerson@nuclearmuseum.org or Lisa Guida, Director of Education, lguida@nuclearmuseum.org.

All teens interested in the Junior Docent program are required to complete an application. Click below for the application and to apply.

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