Connecticut Science Teachers Association

" inspire, promote and support the learners of science in the state of Connecticut."

Various student opportunities are sent to us at different times.   Let us know about any that you would like to include.   

Bruce Museum 4th Annual 
PHENOMENON: Science Innovation Fair

Thursday, May 31, 5:00 – 8:15 pm. 

Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830

 To recognize the high level of science research that high school students in the region have undertaken, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich has selected 10 young scientists in grades 9 to 12, to present posters of their work on Thursday, May 31, at the 4th Annual PHENOMENON: Science Innovation Fair. Their cutting-edge research covers topics that range from low-cost diagnoses of COPD and prostate cancer to “Smartphone Detection of Waterborne Diseases” and “Carbon Dioxide Capture Using Asphalt-Waste Filtration.”

            The 10 students were selected from nearly 30 applicants in Westchester and Fairfield counties. Judging and viewing of the posters will take place from 5:00 to 7:20 pm on May 31 at the Museum, and the public is encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice Award. The top two projects, judged by noted regional scientists and based on scientific achievement as well as presentation, and the People’s Choice selection will receive cash prizes during the awards ceremony beginning at 7:30 pm. The ceremony includes a brief keynote speech by a student scientist.

"These students represent the best and brightest of the next generation of scientists,” notes Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Bruce Museum Curator of Science. “Many of our competitors go on to win state and national prizes, but more importantly many will go on to make an impact in fields such as medicine and sustainable energy."

The Bruce Museum’s 4th Annual PHENOMENON: Science Innovation Fair is generously underwritten by an anonymous donor. Admission is free to all and includes light refreshments. For more information, visit or contact Cynthia Ehlinger at or 203-413-6756.

Online Public Health Programs in Connecticut

This site addresses the following questions for students:

  • What public health professions exist in my state? - An outline of the professions, internships, and fellowships available to Connecticut students
  • How do I pay for school? - A list of scholarships for Connecticut students pursuing public health degrees
  • Where should I work? - Employment data for each major metropolitan area in the state, and statewide resources for area professionals

Yale Society of Women Engineers-Engineering Extravaganza: 

CTSEED - Connecticut Students Exploring Engineering Day

Join the Society of Women Engineers at Yale for an engineering extravaganza! Open to students in grades 6-8. Come learn about the different types of engineering and participate in exciting hands-on design challenges with other middle schoolers from across Connecticut. We also invite parents and educators to join us for a concurrent workshop, where we will provide strategies for continuing to engage your children in STEM. For More information and registration  Message with any questions!  Cost: $5 per student registration fee (if the cost is prohibitive, contact for waivers); No cost for optional parent/educator programming. Parking will be available. 

SHAPE - Summer High School Academic Program for Engineers

 This selective summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors takes place at Columbia University.  The program is geared toward local students who have demonstrated an interest in STEM.  Each 3-week session offers college-level courses in robotics, computer science, electrical and biomedical engineering, which are complemented by electives in research skills and entrepreneurship, labs, and college preparation workshops. 

Natural Resources Conservation Academy - UCONN Environmental Programs

Conservation Ambassador Program

Conservation Ambassador Program (CAP) arms teens (rising 10th-12th graders) with skills used by professionals to address current environmental issues.Students are immersed in real field-based science and focus on:  Water Quality, Green Infrastructure, GIS, Technology, Fisheries, Wildlife, Forestry, and Soils  during an exciting weeklong summer field experience  at UCONN Storrs. Then, students design their own conservation project to provide real solutions for their communities, and present their work at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources.  The program is July 15 -21 at the UCONN Storrs Campus.  Applications are due on April 1, 2018.

Conservation Training Programs

CTP partners teens (rising 9th-12th graders) and adult conservation volunteers, and supports the team in carrying out a conservation-based community project.  The team participates in an interactive 2-day field workshop (find a workshop near you!), and applies conservation and innovative mapping and web tools in field activities. The team then designs and carries out a conservation project of any intensity and implements it in their town.  Workshops are free to all participants


  • Kent: April 28-29
  • Groton: June 2-3
  • Hartford: June 21-22
  • New Fairfield: June 25-26

Conservation Project:

  • Carry out project for any length of time after workshop until March 2019 in own town.
  • Share final project in the form of a poster or video at an event in March 2019.

National Youth Science Camp

CSTA accepts applications from teachers for students who would like to participate in the National Youth Science Camp summer program.  The camp dates are June 27 - July 21, 2018.   Applications are due each year around February to Dr. Terry Contant.

Applications open on November 1 and are due on February 28, 2018

See the brochure here and start thinking about a student to recommend!

The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a residential science education program that honors and challenges two graduating high school science students from each state and others from selected countries around the world. Scientists from across the nation present lectures and hands-on science seminars and linger to interact informally with student delegates. Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. Opportunities are provided for delegates to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research. A visit to Washington D.C. permits delegates to visit some of the nation's premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities. The NYSC experience includes overnight excursions into the Monongahela National Forest, featuring backpacking, rock-climbing, caving, mountain biking, and kayaking opportunities. Delegates are required to participate in the camp program for its entirety, as the fast-paced activities and remote location make travel to and from the NYSC very difficult. More information and application is available online at

The Marjot Foundation 

  This foundation funds independent research projects on environmental issues by high school students.  Students are awarded $5000 to complete a one-year field and/or laboratory research experiment that they have designed.   The student receives $1000, and $2500 will be allotted to cover the costs of the research project.  an additional $1000 will be given to the mentor, and the school's science department will receive $500.  Five grants were awarded in the 2016-2017 school year.  Proposals are due on April 1, 2018   

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Competition

Challenge your students with the world's largest science competition. Working in teams of 2-4, students develop a plan for an invention of the future.   All participants receive recognition in the form of a certificate and a small gift.  There are also honorable mention, regional and national finalists with the ultimate chance to win $10,000 savings bonds.  Projects are due February 8, 2018.

2018 Beekeepers Scholarship

The Connecticut Beekeepers Association is proud to announce our first of what we hope will be an annual scholarship for Connecticut high school students who would like to become beekeepers. 

The applicants are asked to provide an essay, of less than 500 words, about why they want to become a beekeeper, and how they will use the knowledge and experience they acquire while practicing the science of beekeeping to advance their education and/or their career. The applicants must also demonstrate that they have access to property suitable for keeping bees. The recipient of the scholarship will be asked to speak to the members of the CBA during our October 2018 regular meeting about their experiences as first year beekeepers.

Beekeeping involves careful observations, documentation of what is being observed, formulating hypotheses, and measuring outcomes; basically all of the things associated with the principles of science. Exercises in beekeeping can lay the scientific groundwork for students interested in any kind of science, technology, engineering, biology, or medical professions. It may also provide a few jars of honey too.

Connecticut Science Olympiad 

Students from the same school compete in middle and high school levels at the state level for a chance to compete in the national competition.  More information is available online at

Past Events

Beardsley Zoo

Teen Volunteer Open House

On Thursday, December 7th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, there will be the annual Teen Volunteer Open House at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT.  This is a great opportunity for high school teens and their parents/guardians to tlean more about the zoo's award-winning program and speak with their participants and leaders.  

The zoo offers seasonal as well as year-long program, including the popular Conservation Discovery Corps and the Explorer Post.  These and other programs inspire and motivate teens looking for hands-on zoo life experience. 

Mystic Aquarium Student Workshops:

November 18 at Mystic Aquarium:

Animal Health and Vet Care Conference

On Saturday, 11/18/17, Mystic Aquarium will be hosting an Animal Health and Vet Care Conference. Through a full day of workshops, future veterinarians, veterinary technicians and animal care staff will have an opportunity to work directly alongside Mystic Aquarium's Animal Care and Veterinary team as you go behind the scenes to explore these fascinating careers. In addition to the interactive workshops, a networking lunch with Aquarium staff is included with registration. Participants must be at least a current junior or senior in high school to register. Please click here for details and to register.


December 9 at Mystic Aquarium:

Marine Career Fair for High School Students

On Saturday, 12/9/17 from 10:00am-3:00pm, Mystic Aquarium will be hosting the fourth annual Marine Career Fair for High School Students. Student participants will have the opportunity to explore the aquarium, meet with aquarium staff, participate in a panel discussion with interns, and meet local organizations that have programs geared for high school students. Thanks to generous funding, we are able to offer FREE admission for all REGISTERED high school students AND ONE GUEST. Please click here for details and to register. 


December 16 at Mystic Aquarium:

Animal Training and Husbandry Conference

On Saturday, 12/16/17, Mystic Aquarium will be holding the Animal Training and Husbandry Conference.  This program is specially designed for individuals interested in a career in animal training.  In addition to African penguin and California sea lion training sessions and behind the scenes tours, participants will have the choice to work alongside beluga whale, Steller sea lion or our Fish, Invertebrate, and Reptile staff. A networking lunch with members of the animal care team is included with registration. Participants must be at least a current junior or senior in high school to register. Please click here details and to register.


Emperor Science Award

Virtual mentoring program that pairs university-level research scientists with students in grades 10-11 who love science and are curious about careers in science research - especially cancer research & care. One hundred students will be awarded the opportunity, plus receive a Chrome Notebook and $1500 to help towards their research project. Applications are due November 1, 2017. 

"Connecticut Science Teachers Association" is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 5, Middletown, CT 06457 Copyright 2016 

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