This is the online community for the Youth Exploring Science (YES) program at the Saint Louis Science Center. Join YES teens, youth volunteers, staff, parents and collaborating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)professionals in exploring and sharing the world around us.

SLU's Lay Center


Hello everyone, on Oct. 25th, the agriscience teens went to the Lay Center.  It is a place that combines outdoor art and sculpture with nature.  The teens had a fabulous time on a hike, during which they found snakes, ate some persimmons, and climbed trees.  We also lookedLay Center field trip Lay Center field tripat the sculptures and visited a really Lay Center field tripold cemetery there.  The teens were very adventurous!

Fishing Trip!


On Oct. 4, Busch Conservation Area was kind enough to do a wetland program with our teens and then teach them how to fish!  The teens caught bunches of sunfish, but we had to put them back in the lake.  It was only the second time in my life that I have been fishing as well!

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Teens building their own Homunculus!

The teens mapped and built their Homunculus! What is a Homunculus, you ask? It's an anatomical representation of the somatosensory cortex. We have sensory neurons all over our body, but some areas are more sensitive than others (hands and face) because they have a higher number of sensory neurons. In a Homunculus, the regions with a higher number of sensory neurons are proportionally larger than other regions of the body with fewer sensory neurons.

Garden Work


Well, the YES teens are back!  We started back up on Sept. 20th.  Last week, Sept. 27th, the teens helped fix up the gardens.  They set up rain barrels, harvested crops, fixed up the greenhouse, and more.  It was a really busy day!


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YES College Fair

11/01/2014 - 11:00am
11/01/2014 - 1:00pm
Youth Exploring Science (YES) is structured to further the mission of the Saint Louis Science Center, “to ignite and sustain interest in and understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) learning throughout the Community. YES teens participate in college and career readiness training, preparing for higher education and beyond.  This training includes the completion of college applications, resume building and ACT preparation.  As part of a YES teen’s training, we present fairs and guest speakers from local and national colleges and universities, exposing YES teens to various Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees and fields of study.