Teen Learning Lab
The Teen Learning Lab is a space at Shedd Aquarium designed by teens for teens. Follow your curiosity about science, animals, art and the natural world. Use this free space to make new friends, work on projects and explore careers in aquatic science!
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High school teens (14+)
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Teen Learning Lab benefits
While working in the Teen Learning Lab you’ll have access to a variety of resources including
- Mentors from careers like animal training, exhibit design, marketing, public relations, animal health, animal husbandry, education, technology and more
- Access to project supplies and technology (most of what you would find in a typical makerspace)
- Project demonstrations and workshops
- Access to workspace during lab hours
“In the Teen Learning Lab, you get to talk to people who you have something in common with and meet other teens. You get to learn about important issues and how people my age can get involved.”
Each orientation includes an overview of all programs that we provide to teens throughout the year, highlighting those with active or upcoming application windows. Our goal is to help you choose the best program based on your interests and available time commitments.
Teen orientations are intended to showcase that the Shedd Aquarium is a place for teens to explore their interests and passions. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable at Shedd, and to see the aquarium as a valuable resource for pursuing your future endeavors. During the orientation, we provide a variety of experiences that might include behind-the-scenes tours from staff experts, mentor-led engagements from a variety of departments, and art and research projects. If you would prefer a schedule of events, please email [email protected], and we will do our best to accommodate you.
While we think they are extremely helpful, orientations are not mandatory, and you are welcome to come to Teen Learning Lab anytime during open hours. Orientations provide you an opportunity to connect with other teens and experts and explore the many exciting things that happen at Shedd Aquarium.
Teens in high school.
The Teen Learning Lab is a space driven by your interests. Teen Learning Lab mentors can work with you to develop almost any project you’d like to start, including school or science fair projects. Due to aquarium policies and the limited use of some resources, some projects may not be possible in the Teen Learning Lab.
The Teen Learning Lab is free.
The Barker Welfare Foundation
The Heller Foundation
Bank of America
Email [email protected]
If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, impairment, or other need related to your experience please let us know via phone or email: 312-692-3269 or [email protected].