Thank you for your interest in joining the Orlando Science Center's Student Science Stars Program!
The Orlando Science Center’s competitive youth volunteer program, Student Science Stars, 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 three times a year for spring, summer, and fall sessions.
- Spring session runs January – May.
- Summer session runs June – August.
- Fall session runs September – December.
During the school year, all first-time applicants are considered for our Star Volunteer Team and will be required to participate in a group interview. Volunteer opportunities in the Red Giants program are by invitation only during the school year. Exceptional school-year volunteers will be invited to participate in our Red Giants, Yellow Giants, and Green Comets programs during the summer.
During the summer, applicants can choose to directly apply for the Red Giants, Yellow Giants, or Green Comets programs, but priority will be given to those who volunteered during the spring session as Star Volunteers or Red Giants. Please see our Summer Volunteers page for more information.
No longer accepting applications for Spring 2015
Please see our Summer Volunteers page for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
The primary role of our Star Volunteers is to help with special events such as Otronicon, Maker Faire Orlando, holiday workshops, and member previews.
Star Volunteer Requirements:
- Must be 13-17 years old (18 if still in high school) at time of service.
- Must be willing to volunteer for at least one special event each session.
- Must be able to attend a group interview and, if selected, a parent meeting and youth volunteer meeting.
Volunteer opportunities in the Red Giants program are by invitation only during the school year and are limited to those who have previously served at least one session as a Star Volunteer, Red Giant, Yellow Giant, or Green Comet.
A Red Giant is a star in an intermediate stage of evolution, characterized by a large volume, low surface temperature, and reddish hue. The primary role of our Red Giant volunteers is to serve as junior facilitators, performing scientific demonstrations and facilitating educational games in exhibit halls to enrich our visitors’ experiences.
Red Giants who prove to be dedicated and responsible volunteers have the opportunity to become Red Supergiants and will serve as peer guides to Red Giants and assist with special projects as they arise.
- Scientific Demonstrations: Spend your day interacting with visitors of all ages as you preform scientific demonstrations and facilitate educational games in exhibit halls.
- 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 who have previously served as Yellow Giants can volunteer to assist with school break camps in the role of junior camp counselors.
Red Giants Requirements:
- During the school year, volunteer opportunities in the Red Giants program are by invitation only and are limited to those who have previously served at least one session as a Star Volunteer, Red Giant, Yellow Giant, or Green Comet. Priority will be given to volunteers who served during the previous session.
- Must be able to commit to two weekend days (Saturday or Sunday) of service each month from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for the duration of the session. Volunteer shifts are scheduled at the end of each month for the following month and are chosen by the volunteer on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Must be able to attend a Red Giant training.
Where can volunteering at the Orlando Science Center take you?
Youth volunteers who have shown exemplary service and dedication to our program have the opportunity to rise to the Supernova position. Supernovas serve as youth interns and assist the youth volunteer coordinator with overseeing the program’s day-to-day operations.
Supernovas also serve as STEM Ambassadors, creating scientific demonstrations and assisting with the training of new youth volunteers. 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 have volunteer opportunities for youth age 13 and older.
How does the application process work?
To be considered for our youth volunteer program, the youth volunteer coordinator must first receive the following:
- A volunteer application.
- A letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, music instructor, religious leader, etc.
- A copy of the applicant’s most recent report card showing a GPA of at least 2.5. (If you do not receive report cards or if you do not have a GPA of at least 2.5, we will accept a second letter of recommendation.)
After receiving the volunteer application and supplemental materials, the youth volunteer coordinator will contact the volunteer to discuss interests and provide information on any upcoming group interviews.