“The Science Achievers Program at the Museum of Science & Industry,” by S.M. O’Connor

Science Achievers at the Museum of Science and Industry (M.S.I.) in Hyde Park on the South Side of Chicago belong to a youth development program that is offered to teenagers who have completed the ten-week-long Science Minors program and have volunteered at M.S.I. for fifty hours.  The Science Achievers program allows teens to discover new interests in science and technology; develop leadership skills; prepare for college and careers; learn from working science professionals; mentor new classes of Science Minors; and have the opportunity to participate in paid internships.  Teens become more comfortable with science and understand its impact on their lives by engaging M.S.I. guests in activities.  Science Achievers are asked to volunteer twelve hours a month to remain in the program.


Credit: Museum of Science and Industry Caption: These are teenagers who went through the Science Achievers youth development program at the Museum of Science and Industry explaining how they benefited from it and intend to study math and/or science in college.

The M.S.I. honored nineteen high school seniors from across Chicagoland at an event on Saturday, June 15, 2019 to celebrate the Science Achievers youth development program.  This year’s graduating seniors collectively volunteered more than 7,000 hours to engage people in science activities.  They have been offered $700,000 in scholarships.

The graduates are Cameron Allison of Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois; Aissa Avila of Hubbard High School in Chicago; Michelle Awh of the University of Chicago Lab School in Chicago; Thomas Blackmore of the Downers Grove South High School in Downers Grove, Illinois; Sophie Corbett of James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois; Angel Cordero, CICS Northtown Academy in Chicago; Aisia Farmer of Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, Illinois; Emily Gamboa of John Hancock College Prep High School in Chicago; Alan Gonzalez of Whitney Young High School in Chicago; Spencer Huynh of Walter Payton High School in Chicago; Sydney Jackson of Kenwood Academy in Chicago; Ella Johnson of Jones College Prep High School in Chicago; Kane Layng of St. Ignatius High School in Chicago; Faithe Metellus of Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois; De’ja Roberts of Crete-Monee High School in Crete, Illinois; Pawel Rozanski of Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Illinois; Khalind Shah of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois; Nikita Sharma of Schaumburg High School in Schaumburg, Illinois; and Matthew Wong of the aforementioned Walter Payton High School in Chicago.  The M.S.I. surprised the Science Achievers going off to college in the fall with laptop computers courtesy of CDW Corporation.

“Our Science Achievers are a shining example of the many ways MSI inspires and motivates our children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine, and engineering,” stated David Mosena, President and Chief Executive Officer of the M.S.I.

The Science Achievers program is part of the M.S.I.’s Welcome to Science Initiative.  In a press release, the M.S.I. described the Welcome to Science Initiative as “a comprehensive program offering the Museum’s award-winning resources to everyone from teachers and school administrators to students and their communities.  The initiative extends the content of Museum exhibits through strategies that empower teachers, engage the community, and excite students and Museum guests.”

As I wrote about last month, there are Illinois Free Days at the M.S.I.  On Illinois Free Days, Museum Entry (general admission) tickets are free for all Illinois residents who show valid proof of residence such as a driver’s license or state identification card.  No further Chicago residence discounts apply on Illinois Free Days.  [In a similar vein, I wrote about thirty-three other institutions across Illinois that are participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s 2019 Museum Day®, and thus one need only download a Museum Day® ticket to get free general admission for two on Saturday, September 21, 2019.] In September of 2019, the remaining Illinois Free Days are the 10th through the 12th, the 16th through the 19th, and the 23rd through the 26th. The people who benefit the most from these free days will be families with children too young to be in school, home-schooling families, and adults who are retired, semi-retired, self-employed, or with open schedules.  This schedule is subject to change.



2nd Week of September

Monday, September 9, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

3rd Week of September

Monday, September 16, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Thursday, September 19, 2019

4th Week of September

Monday, September 23, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019


On Illinois Free Days, Museum Entry (general admission) tickets are free for adults and children alike; Giant Dome Theater movie tickets, Wired to Wear, Makers United, Coal Mine tour tickets, Fab Lab workshop tickets, WOW! Tour tickets, and Future Energy Chicago tickets are $12 each for adults and $9 each for children (ages three-to-eleven); and U-505 Onboard Tour tickets are $18 each for adults and $14 each for children (ages three-to-eleven).  This is limited to six children under eighteen, per one adult.

Regular hours (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) resumed.  The Museum of Science and Industry regularly makes small adjustments to this schedule, so when planning a trip there, check this Webpage and the M.S.I.’s social media for updates.


11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2019


Thursday, November 28, 2019

(Thanksgiving Day)

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

(Christmas Eve)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

(New Year’s Eve)


Wednesday, December 25, 2019

(Christmas Day)

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Friday, December 27, 2019

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Monday, December 30, 2019

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

(New Year’s Day)

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Friday, January 3, 2020


Often stylized as the “Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago” or the “Museum of Science + Industry” the institution is located at the northern end of the Chicago Park District’s Jackson Park, on the south side of 57th Street, between Lake Shore Drive to the east and Cornell Drive to the west, in the East Hyde Park neighborhood of the Hyde Park Community Area (Community Area #41) on the South Side of Chicago.  The address is 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60637.  Founded by Sears, Roebuck & Company President Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) in 1926, through The Commercial Club of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry opened in three stages between 1933 and 1940.  It occupies the Palace of Fine Arts from Chicago’s first World’s Fair, the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893).  The M.S.I. is open every day of the year with two exceptions: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  On most days, it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but during peak periods it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The Website is https://www.msichicago.org/ and the phone number is (773) 684-1414.



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