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Discovery Corps

Discovery Corps is a youth development program that puts young people on the front line of Pacific Science Center’s mission to ignite curiosity in every child and fuels a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Discovery Corps is for high school youth who want to dive into exciting, interactive experiences while learning new professional and life skills. For more information about Discovery Corps, contact discovery.corps@pacsci.org.

Discovery Corps is not currently recruiting participants, but we hope to return when PacSci reopens. Sign up for the Teen Programs eNews below to be notified when applications and opportunities become available again.

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.

Discovery Corps 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.

Internship Opportunities

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 & Space Science Achievement

The Track for Earth and Space Science Achievement (TESSA) 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 and 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.

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About the Program

Discovery Corps consists of a system of training and assessment leading to increased levels of responsibility, pay and skill. Pacific Science Center looks for motivated youth ages 14 and older who are interested in gaining job and life skills while volunteering and working to provide Pacific Science Center’s guests a unique and 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 designed to support youth from the time they enter the program until they graduate from high school or an academically equivalent program. 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.

Supporters

Discovery Corps is generously supported by The Boeing Company, PEMCO Insurance, BECU, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Karen Williams and Joseph Heck, Guestrin Family Foundation, The Ticknor Foundation, John and Marilyn Warner, Robert L. and the late Mary Ann Wiley.

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Discovery Corps receives support from NASA under Washington NASA Space Grant and under award NNX14AD03G. 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.

Additional support comes from more than 2,500 individuals, companies, and foundations that donate to the Science Center each year. Learn more about ways you can support Discovery Corps and Pacific Science Center.

 

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