Great Science Academy

Dive into a year of science – for grades 6, 7, 8 and 9!

For Grade 6
For Grade 7
For Grade 8
For Grade 9
Program Contact Information

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Our Great Science Academy is a 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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For Grade 6 - Great Lakes 
Begins Saturday, October 4
9 am - 1:30 pm

Our immersive science program is geared towards exceptional students in 6th grade. 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.

  • Explore Great Lakes-themed topics – learn how to plan a city around a lake, find out what kinds of creatures live in Lake Erie, investigate environmental challenges and more.
  • Meet the experts – work with local scientists, city officials and professionals whose jobs revolve around Lake Erie
  • Discover the places where science happens every day – take field trips to centers such as Old Woman Creek Estuary, and investigate Cleveland’s connection to the lake by sailing down the Cuyahoga River, visiting the Coast Guard Station and Cleveland Water Treatment Plant and participating in local beach research and preservation.
  • Tap into your inner scientist – create and investigate your own living biome, build underwater robots and engage in many other hands-on activities while making new friends!
  • Bonus camps and program continuation – registration includes one week of scheduled Great Science Academy Summer Camp, one end-of-year scheduled sleepover and automatic renewal into year two of the program – Space and Aeronautics.

Registration 2014-2015
Register online!
Tuition: $550

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

2014-2015 Program Dates
October 4 - Session 1
October 18 - Session 2  

November 1 - Session 3
November 15 - Session 4

December 6 - Session 5
December 20 - Session 6

January 10 - Session 7
January 24 - Session 8

February 7 - Session 9
February 21 - Session 10  

March 7 - Session 11
March 21 - Session 12

April 4 - Session 13
April 18 - Session 14

May 2 - Session 15
May 16 - Session 16

June 6 - Session 17
June 15-19 - Session 18 (Summer Camp)

July 11 - Session 19
July 25 - Session 20 (Culminating Session)

August 1 - Overnight (6th, 7th, 8th)

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For Grade 7 - Space and Aeronautics 
Begins Saturday, October 11
9 am - 1:30 pm

This fall, new students will join participating scholars from last year’s program to continue their fun and challenging learning experience. Great Science Academy will continue to bring scholars together twice a month on Saturdays to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but with a new topic – space and aeronautics. Sessions last from 9 am to 1:30 pm, October through August.

  • Explore topics on space and aeronautics – learn about the physics behind flight and plan what a colony on Mars might need.
  • Meet the experts – meet astronauts, pilots and engineers whose jobs revolve around space and aeronautics.
  • Discover the places where science happens every day – travel to the NASA Glenn Research Center, research and development labs and other locations.
  • Tap into your inner scientist – work with friends to build a Mars base, design and launch rockets and much more.
  • Bonus camps and program continuation – registration includes one week of scheduled Great Science Academy Summer Camp, one end-of-year scheduled sleepover and automatic renewal into year three of the program – Biomedical Technology.

Registration 2014 - 2015
Register online!
Tuition: $550

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

2014-2015 Program Dates
October 11 - Session 1
October 25 - Session 2  

November 8 - Session 3
November 22 - Session 4

December 13 - Session 5
December 27 - Session 6

January 17 - Session 7
January 31 - Session 8

February 14 - Session 9
February 28 - Session 10  

March 14 - Session 11
March 28 - Session 12

April 11 - Session 13
April 25 - Session 14

May 9 - Session 15
May 30 - Session 16

June 13 - Session 17
June 22-26 - Session 18 (Summer Camp)

July 18 - Session 19
July 25 - Session 20 (Culminating Session)

August 1 - Overnight (6th, 7th, 8th)

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For Grade 8 - Biomedical Technology
Begins Saturday, October 4
9 am - 1:30 pm

This fall, new students will join participating scholars from last year’s program to continue their fun and challenging learning experience. Great Science Academy will continue to bring scholars together twice a month on Saturdays to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but with a new topic – biomedical technology. Sessions last from 9 am to 1:30 pm, October through August.

  • Explore topics on BMT – study subjects ranging from the defense mechanism of cells to prosthetic arms controlled by your mind!
  • Meet the experts – meet doctors and health professionals who do everything from patient care to research and design.
  • Discover the places where science happens every day – travel to the Cleveland Clinic, the brand-new Global Center for HealthInnovation and more.
  • Tap into your inner scientist – conduct your own health studies and experiments, and use Great Lakes Science Center’s Fabrication Lab to design and create projects.
  • Bonus camps and program continuation – registration includes one week of scheduled Great Science Academy Summer Camp, one end-of-year scheduled sleepover and automatic renewal into year four of the program – Design and Innovation.

Registration 2014-2015
Register online!
Tuition: $550

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

2014-2015 Program Dates
October 4 - Session 1
October 18 - Session 2  

November 1 - Session 3
November 15 - Session 4

December 6 - Session 5
December 20 - Session 6

January 10 - Session 7
January 24 - Session 8

February 7 - Session 9
February 21 - Session 10  

March 7 - Session 11
March 21 - Session 12

April 4 - Session 13
April 18 - Session 14

May 2 - Session 15
May 16 - Session 16

June 6 - Session 17
June 15-19 - Session 18 (Summer Camp)

July 11 - Session 19
July 25 - Session 20 (Culminating Session)

August 1 - Overnight (6th, 7th, 8th)

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For Grade 9 - Design and Innovation
Begins Saturday, October 4
9 am - 1:30 pm

This fall, new students will join participating scholars from last year’s program to continue their fun and challenging learning experience. Great Science Academy will continue to bring scholars together twice a month on Saturdays to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but with a new topic – design and innovation. Sessions last from 9 am to 1:30 pm, October through August.

  • Explore topics on design and innovation – learn the processes and technologies used for designing, prototyping and making products from start to finish.
  • Discover the places where science happens every day – travel to state-of-the-art manufacturing plants and Case Western Reserve University's Think Box.
  • Tap into your inner scientist – use high and low tech equipment to make your own creations.
  • Bonus camps and program continuation – registration includes one week of scheduled Great Science Academy Summer Camp and one end-of-year scheduled sleepover.

Registration 2014-2015
Register online!
Tuition: $550

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

2014-2015 Program Dates
October 11 - Session 1
October 25 - Session 2  

November 8 - Session 3
November 22 - Session 4

December 13 - Session 5
December 27 - Session 6

January 17 - Session 7
January 31 - Session 8

February 14 - Session 9
February 28 - Session 10  

March 14 - Session 11
March 28 - Session 12

April 11 - Session 13
April 25 - Session 14

May 9 - Session 15
May 30 - Session 16

June 13 - Session 17
June 22-26 - Session 18 (Summer Camp)

July 18 - Session 19
July 25 - Session 20 (Culminating Session)

August 8 - Overnight (9th only)

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Program Contact Information
Brady Risner
Great Science Academy Coordinator
216-696-2359
risnerb@glsc.org


Thank you to our 2014 - 2015 sponsors:

Great Science Academy Sponsors


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