Thank you for your interest in joining the Orlando Science Center's Student Science Stars!
If you are passionate about science and would love sharing your science knowledge with our visitors as part of a team of youth volunteers, you will love The Orlando Science Center’s Student Science Stars!
The Orlando Science Center’s competitive, two-tiered youth volunteer program, Student Science Stars, or S3, operates year-round to support the Orlando Science Center in our mission to “Inspire Science Learning for Life!” Youth Volunteers are accepted into the program on a quarterly basis in September, December, March, and June (Summer).
On weekends during the school year, youth volunteers perform scientific demonstrations to visitors and assist in exhibit halls.
On weekdays during the summer, youth volunteers assist the Orlando Science Center Monday-Friday. Please see our Summer Youth Volunteers section for more information.
Since we consider all our Youth Volunteers to be stars, each volunteer in our program joins a team named after a type of star.
Please read all the information provided on our programs before applying to determine which program best fits your age, availability, and interests.
The primary role of our Red Giants is to support the Orlando Science Center and enrich our visitors’ experiences in our exhibit halls.
- Scientific Demonstrations: spend your day interacting with visitors of all ages as you lead activities such as scientific demonstrations, educational games and facilitating educational activities in exhibit halls.
- Special Events: All Red Giants have the opportunity to assist with the Orlando Science Center’s special events during their time as a volunteer.
- Prototyping: Red Giants often have the opportunity to assist our exhibits department in providing feedback on new exhibits and experiences, getting the first look at what’s coming to the Orlando Science Center!
- Break Camps: During the school year, Red Giants can volunteer to assist in our School Break camps in the role of Junior Camp Counselor.
Red Giants Requirements:
- Must be 13-17 years old (18 if still in high school) at time of application.
- Must be willing to provide a minimum of 6 months of service.
- Must be able to attend a quarterly orientation. If you are unable to attend on the scheduled date, please consider applying at another time.
- Must be able to commit to one weekend day a month from 11:00am-4:00pm.
- Must complete a telephone interview with the Youth Volunteer Coordinator to discuss volunteer interests and availability.
Where can volunteering at the Orlando Science Center take you?
Volunteers who have shown exemplary service and dedication to the S3 program have the opportunity to rise to the Supernova position. They assist the Youth Volunteer Coordinator with overseeing the S3 program’s day-to-day operations and serving as peer guides to Red Giants. It is a wonderful opportunity for increased responsibility and new experiences!
Exciting employment opportunities may also be available to experienced Youth Volunteers who meet the position requirements.
The Orlando Science Center Youth Volunteer opportunities require working with visitors of all ages, from young children to adults. Therefore, anyone applying to these positions should be comfortable working with people.
We typically do not offer one-time volunteer opportunities.
We do not offer court-appointed community service.
06 December 2009
Posted in Youth Volunteers
Frequently Asked Questions
When can a youth become a volunteer at the Science Center?
We accept applications for the Youth Volunteer Program at age 13.
How does the application process work?
To become an applicant, the Youth Volunteer Coordinator must first receive the following:
- A completed Volunteer Application signed by the prospective volunteer and by a parent/guardian
- A letter of recommendation from a teacher
- A copy of a recent report card showing at least a GPA of 2.5 or higher
After the volunteer application is received, the Youth Volunteer Coordinator will review the application and contact the volunteer to discuss volunteering interests and provide information on any upcoming orientations.