Astro-Science Workshop 2019
The Astro-Science Workshop (ASW) at the Adler Planetarium is a fun, intensive program about space exploration designed for high school students in the Chicago area. ASW began more than 50 years ago during the space race and Apollo program and counts numerous scientists, engineers, business leaders and a former NASA astronaut as alumni. ASW encourages participants to consider pursuing careers in science by offering the unique opportunity to work with astronomers, engineers, and educators at the Adler Planetarium.

This year’s program will focus on hands-on opportunities in which participants develop their skills in electronic hardware, computer programming, computer-aided design (CAD), data analysis, and the unique experience of high-altitude ballooning engineering and experimentation. Participants will also develop their own experiment which will be tested aboard a high-altitude balloon. Experimental ideas shall be a group effort which may encompass fields related to telescope observing or optics, light pollution research, high-altitude exploration, but not limited to your own creativity.

• Dates: Monday-Friday, July 15 - August 8, 2019
• Times: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm*
• Cost: FREE (Note: participants will need to bring lunch each day)

*There will be one field trip during the program to prepare, launch, track, and retrieve a high-altitude balloon payload. Transportation to/from the field trip location will be provided by the Adler Planetarium. The field trip will be from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on the field trip day. Date TBD.


STEP 1: Fill out the form below and click the "Submit" button.

STEP 2: Ask a teacher to send us a recommendation for you. The letter must include:

a) your name
b) your teacher’s name
c) your school’s name and your school’s full address
d) the reason(s) why the teacher believes you would make a great Astro-Science Workshop participant

STEP 3: Tell your teacher to send the email to by no later than Tuesday, May 3, 2019. Note: The email must come from the teacher, not you. A teacher may send in a recommendation for more than one student from the same school.

Remember, all three steps must be completed for your application to be complete. If you fill out the form below and a teacher does not send us a letter of recommendation for you, your application will be considered "incomplete." If you have questions, please email us at Deadline to submit your application plus a letter/email from a teacher: Friday May 3, 2019

We will notify all applicants of acceptance or decline by May 24, 2019

Your first and last name *
Your answer
Your email address *
Please check to make sure your email address is spelled correctly! If it is not typed correctly, this may prevent us from offering you a spot. Please remember to check your email! This is how we will contact you with program information.
Your answer
First and last name of a parent or guardian *
Your answer
Email address for a parent or guardian *
If you are accepted, we will need to send him/her a link to some forms to fill out for you. Please let this person know that you are providing his/her email address before you submit it to us. If your parent or guardian does not have an email address, please provide a street address, city, state, and zip code.
Your answer
In what year do you expect to graduate from high school? *
Astro-Science Workshop is for high school students who will be incoming freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors in Fall 2019, as well as high school seniors who will graduate in spring, summer, or fall 2019. We are sorry, but students who are not entering high school, in high school, or graduating from high school in 2019 are not eligible for this program.
What is the name of your high school? *
Your answer
What math and science classes have you taken so far? *
Please list the course names (example: Pre-algebra, Pre-calculus, Calculus 1, Geometry, Astronomy, Biology, etc.).
Your answer
What is your home zip code? *
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Where did you hear about Astro-Science Workshop?
Please choose one.
Are you able to attend all of the program dates? (Monday-Friday July 15 - August 9, 2019) *
If you answered "no" to the previous question, please type "none" below. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, please let us know which program dates are a problem for you and the reason for the problem. (We *may* be able to work through the issue with you, but priority will be given to students who can attend all of the dates.) *
Your answer
Why do you want to participate in Astro-Science Workshop? *
A few sentences are fine. This is just so we can get to know you a little.
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Would you like to receive the Adler Teen Email Newsletter?
Whether or not you receive the Adler teen email newsletter has no effect on whether or not your application is accepted.
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