For all you teens out there that love the environment but have no idea where or even how to take action, the Shedd Aquarium is a place that you will want to check out. Not only is the Shedd a place for learning and looking at the “fishies,” but it’s also a place for teens to hang out. The Shedd’s new Learning Lab allows teens with a passion for science to meet other science-minded people, and experience hands-on activities like dissecting squids and going on scavenger hunts, according to Wade Berger, manager of the Learn Lab. Whether you’re looking for a fun science workshop, the chance to create multi-media products or just need help with a science project, the Teen Learning Lab and its workers are available to you. And what’s even better is that it is all free! All you need is your high school ID and a passion for science!
What was once a classroom is now renovated with modern technologies including a wet lab, Apple work stations, floor-to- ceiling white boards , a software suite (including Photoshop, Illustrator and iMovie) and iPads – all free for teens to use. The space even has walls that function as pin boards, LCD projectors, and mp3 players. In the technology based world we live in today, what can be more convenient than the most updated technology and resources right at your use? According to Melissa Williams, the Vice President of Learning at Shedd, “The lab is fulfilling a critical role in providing mentorship and much needed resources, while developing future leaders in scientific and environmental fields.”
This chill space, made for teens by teens, opened in September. The Teen Learning Lab room can be found at the aquarium’s Aquatic Education Center and will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 4p.m. -8p.m. and also on Saturdays from 10a.m. – 3p.m. Hope to see you there!
For more information about the lab visit www.sheddaquarium.org/teenlab.
By: Alexis Estes, Senior, Morgan Park High School
All Photos Credit: Shedd Aquarium