Discovery Corps

Discovery Corps is a youth development program that puts young people on the front line of Pacific Science Center's mission to inspire a lifelong interest in science, math and technology. Pacific Science Center is looking for motivated youth to dive into exciting, interactive experiences while learning new skills. Use the links below to learn more.

Applications to join Discovery Corps due April 24, 2015


What Discovery Corps Means To Me

Some Discovery Corps members sat down and recorded their thoughts on the program. Watch the video below.

 


Discovery Corps At Pacific Science Center

The Discovery Corps program consists of a system of training and assessment leading to increased levels of responsibility, pay, and skill. Pacific Science Center is looking for motivated youth to dive into exciting, interactive experiences while learning new skills.

Discovery Corps is a program for high school students ages 14 and older that are interested in gaining job and life skills while volunteering and working to provide Pacific Science Center's visitors with a unique interactive experience.

Once a youth has completed approximately 100 hours of service learning, including training, as a volunteer, he/she will be assessed on skills and performance. If expectations have been met, he/she may be promoted into a paid position (assessment periods and new hiring sessions will vary depending on staffing and the youth's volunteer schedule). This promotion includes increased responsibilities and more available training to assist with the continued development of skills. Paid youth can continue to work towards further promotions within the structure of the program. Discovery Corps is a program designed to support youth from the time they enter the program until they graduate from high school or an academically equivalent program.

The youth learn job skills and are exposed to numerous aspects of science, math, and technology which will hopefully inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.

Training
Discovery Corps offers intensive, hands-on training sessions to help you share science with others! During training, you will develop valuable job skills in customer service, education, and communication with people of all ages. You will present exciting, interactive activities to the public and get a peek behind-the-scenes at Pacific Science Center.

Upcoming Discovery Corps training will take place:

CLASS XXXIV INITIAL TRAINING SESSION
May 30, June 6, June 13, 2015 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Welcome Celebration: Sunday, June 14, 2015 | 1 - 3 p.m.

The completed application form and two recommendations must be postmarked or delivered by the application deadline, April 24, 2015.

Please send to:

Pacific Science Center
Attn: Discovery Corps
200 Second Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Club
Discovery Corps Club meetings will give you the opportunity to make friends, participate in fun social events, and explore exciting new science discoveries. As a Club member, you'll be invited to attend workshops to develop life and job skills that will support you as you seek out further education and work.

Internships
Discovery Corps Members have the chance to apply for an internship through Discovery Corps Internship Program. Internships allow members to work closely with one of the many departments here at the Pacific Science Center. Possible internship opportunities include: developing future presentations, caring for the butterfly house, and presenting shows in the planetarium.

Track For Earth And Space Science Achievement

The Track for Earth and Space Science Achievement is a pathway within the Discovery Corps program that targets youth interested in remote sensing, earth science and astronomy. This program offers students the unique opportunity to participate in the Discovery Corps program while completing specialized projects related to NASA's scientific explorations, astronomy, and earth science. Students begin TESSA as 9th graders and continue with the program until they graduate from high school. As students gain experience through TESSA, they will be invited to take on more challenging projects that match their interests in using remote sensing technology, the earth and space sciences, and they will have opportunities to learn and practice the job and life skills offered by the Discovery Corps program.

A youth in Discovery Corps TESSA will begin his/her involvement at Pacific Science Center by completing service learning volunteer hours. After the first 100 hours in the program, he/she will be assessed on skills and performance. If expectations have been met, he/she may be promoted (assessment periods and new hiring sessions will vary depending on staffing and the student's schedule). This promotion includes increased responsibilities and more available training to assist with the continued development of skills. Paid youth can continue to work towards further promotions within the structure of the program.

Application for this session is currently closed.

Why I Volunteer At Pacific Science Center!

Pacific Science Center is a great place to do your Service Learning or gain experience to help you qualify for future jobs and college admission. It's also a great way to build references that can speak of your experience and skills.

For more information about Discovery Corps at Pacific Science Center, contact discovery.corps@pacsci.org or call (206) 443-2884.

Discovery Corps is made possible with generous support from: Anonymous, Bank of America, Paul and Debbi Brainerd, Glaser Foundation, Richard and Marilyn Hanson, Intellectual Ventures, Mary Ann Wiley Fund, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (grant award numbers NNX10AK17G and NNX14AD03G), and US Bancorp Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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