Great Science Academy

Great Science Academy 2015-2016

Now accepting reservations for the 2015-2016 term. Register at 216-621-2400 or online.

Great Science Academy is our immersive science program for grades 6 - 9. Designed as a hands-on, fun and challenging learning experience, Great Science Academy brings students together twice a month on Saturdays to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Sessions last from 9 am to 1:30 pm, October through August. A complete list of 2015 - 2016 session dates and times can be found here.

Programs for Grades 6 - 9

Grade 6: Great Lakes
October 3, 2015 - August 6, 2016

Make underwater robots, design sustainable cities and investigate Cleveland's connection to Lake Erie.

Grade 7: Space and Aeronautics
October 10, 2015 - August 13, 2016

Design rockets, drop parachutes and develop the teamwork needed for challenging missions.

Grade 8: Biomedical Technology
October 3, 2015 - August 6, 2016

Build video game controls to support healthy living, and learn about biotechnology innovations from experts.

Grade 9: Design and Innovation
October 10, 2015 - August 13, 2016

Use advanced technologies and tools, develop your own creations and enhance your engineering skills.


Register at 216-621-2400 or online.


$550 per student. Includes one week of summer camp, one sleepover and priority registration for next year's program.

Scholarship Opportunities

Need-based scholarships are available. Click here to download the application. Please call 216-696-2359 for details. See the scholarship FAQ here.

What is it all about? See what Great Science Academy is all about by watching our 2014-2015 video. And check out our Building the Vibrant Learning Grid blog post, featured on Center for the Future of Museums, to learn more on our award-winning program. 

Recipient of a 2014 Noyce Foundation Prize

NOYCE Bright Lights logoGreat Science Academy is a 2014 recipient of a Noyce Foundation Bright Lights Community Engagement Prize. The initiative was created to recognize U.S. science centers, children's museums, and natural history museums that have done an outstanding job of engaging with their local communities, with a particular interest in outreach efforts that include some aspect of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

“Great Lakes Science Center has launched a strong teen program with important elements that make it stand out … this major effort is visionary, iterative, and highly successful in engaging middle school kids in STEM.” - Noyce Foundation

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Meet Brady, GSA Program Supervisor:
Brady Photo 2Hi, my name is Brady and I’m the program supervisor for Great Science Academy (GSA)! Teaching and lifelong learning have always been my passions. I have a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education from The Ohio State University. Prior to Great Lakes Science Center, I worked at the Columbus Zoo in their educator and animal departments, and taught anatomy at Central Ohio Technical College. When I’m not having a blast making projects and learning with our GSA scholars, I like seeing the newest superhero movies, riding my bike and playing board games. I’m excited for our upcoming year of GSA because of the awesome staff additions, the amazing students and the ever evolving projects and experiments that we will be doing together! 

Questions? I'd love to hear from you!
Brady Risner
Program Supervisor, Great Science Academy
216-696-2359 or

Thank you to our 2015 - 2016 sponsors:

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