The Academy of Science of St. Louis - advancing the public understanding of science and promoting interest in the sciences to students and adults through accessible, year-round seminars and educational initiatives.


The Academy is an independent science organization, supported entirely through community contributions, and the driving force behind scientific progress and awareness in St. Louis for more than 150 years.

The Academy of Science of St. Louis - Connecting Science and the Community since 1856®

Henrietta Lacks, a poor African-American woman and mother of five, never knew that she revolutionized medicine. Shortly before she died of cancer in 1951, doctors took a tissue sample from her — without her permission. Those cells became the first human cells to gain “immortality” — replicating themselves in laboratories long after Henrietta Lacks died.

Read the New York Times review for an in-depth look at this compelling episode from the history of science


We congratulate Academy Fellow and 2006 Outstanding St. Louis Scientists - Fellows Award recipient, Raymond E. Arvidson, Ph.D, on being named a participating scientist on ‘Curiosity’, the new Mars rover.

Mary Burke, Chief Executive Officer

For more information on the ‘Curiosity’ Mars rover and Arvidson’s role on the project, see the Washington University Newsroom.

The Academy’s Outstanding St. Louis Scientists - Fellows Award recognizes an active career in science and teaching.  Find out more about the Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards on our website.


Roughly 200 middle school students participated in the first two Future Trek sessions last week. By the end of this semester, more than 1000 students will have experienced the possibilities available to them if they pursue a career in science.

It’s great to see students engaged and excited about science and science careers. One student commented, “I really liked learning about macro invertebrates.” When have you ever heard a kid say that? It just made me smile.

- Pam Smith, Science Programs and Marketing Manager

Future Trek allows students, Grades 6-8, to explore careers in science through interactive and hands-on demonstrations. Over the course of a morning, students rotate through four fun, informative and fast-paced, 20-minute classroom sessions with working scientists, engineers and STEM professionals.

Openings are still available for your school to participate in Future Trek - and it’s sister program, Greening Your Future - visit our website for details.

Looking for STEM education resources?  Here are some great sites to check out:

Eureqa (pronounced “eureka”) is a software tool for detecting equations and hidden mathematical relationships in your data.

Khan Academy:  Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 276 practice exercises, we’re on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

TED and TED-Ed: TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 900 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. TED-Ed is a new initiative to build a deep, tagged archive of educational videos — expanding the reach and power of great video (including TEDTalks) into the classroom by making them easier for teachers to find. Explore the Best Data Visualizations on the Web. Infographics and data visualizations are shifting the way people find and experience stories, creating a new way of seeing the world of data. They help communicate complex ideas in a clear, compact and beautiful way, taking deep data and presenting it in visual shorthand.

The Academy is thrilled to congratulate Junior Academy Member, Maheetha Bharadwaj, on being the only 2012 Intel Science Talent Search semi-finalist from the state of Missouri. Best of luck!

Peggy Nacke, Director of Special Projects and Events

Find out more: Intel Science Talent Search 2012 includes St. Louis student

Junior Academy Member chosen as only 2012 Intel Science Talent Search Semi-Finalist from Missouri

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