Welcome to our newest issue of the Opps For B.A.T.S. newsletter with the latest STEM opportunities for Bay Area teens!

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For middle and high schoolers: 
Teen Research Programs
By: The Lawrence Hall of Science
For: Students entering grades 7 – 12
When: Varies by program
Where: Varies by program (UC Berkeley campus and at UC field stations and labs)
Registration/Tickets Required: Yes (Full and half-scholarships available!)
Deadline: Financial aid deadline is March 5
The Lawrence Hall of Science is excited to offer this summer's Teen Research Programs on the UC Berkeley campus and at UC field stations and labs. Students in grades 7-9 and 10-12 can get a taste of college life and experience what scientists do in a range of fields.

Grades 7-9:
Coding and Engineering Nanosatellites
Designing and Engineering Bridges
Body Systems and Biomedical Innovations

Grades 10-12:
Bioinspired Design
Biotech Genetics
Science of Social Media and Attitudes
Forest Ecology (at Sagehen Creek Field Station, Truckee National Forest)
Marine Biology (at Bodega Bay Marine Lab)
Artificial Intelligence--AI4All

Full and half-scholarships available. Easy-to-complete financial aid applications open until March 5. 

Learn about a range of STEM and STEM-related careers and career pathways while interacting with college and graduate students, and working scientists. All grade 10-12 programs are either residential or have the option for a residential add-on. 
Noches Astronómicas
By: Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology
For: All Spanish-speaking individuals (Students above middle-school level and families are especially encouraged to join.)
When: March 7
Where: Stanford, CA
Registration/Tickets Required: Yes (FREE!)
Join Stanford astronomers from the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology for Noches Astronómicas, a free astronomy event in Spanish!

Learn about how scientists study the mystery of the Universe and what inspired them to have chosen the current career path. Attendees will be hearing three flash talks (each 15 min), given by astronomers at different career stages, about galaxies and cosmology. After these talks, these speakers will be answering questions from the live audience about astronomy or astronomers. Noches Astronómicas is a Spanish-only event that’s free and open to all Spanish-speaking individuals. Students above middle-school level and families are especially encouraged to join.

Noches Astronómicas - 7 de marzo (martes) a las 7pm PST
*This event will be offered in Spanish only.*

¿Te has preguntado alguna vez qué pueden decirnos las galaxias y el universo lejano? ¿En qué consiste la investigación de astronomía día a día y qué ha inspirado a Manu, Seba y Berni? Acompáñanos en las Noches Astronómicas para aprender sobre el maravilloso cosmos a través de breves charlas y un panel de preguntas. Este acto está abierto a todos, es apto para toda la familia y está recomendado para estudiantes de enseñanza media y superior.

Fecha: Martes, 7 de marzo
Hora: 7:00-8:30 PM PST
Lugar: Hewlett Teaching Center, sala 200 (Stanford)

7-7:45pm — Tres conferencias cortas sobre galaxias y el universo.
-- Presentación 1: Cómo tomar la foto del Universo bebé
-- Presentación 2: Cómo crecen las galaxias: desde su nacimiento a su estado actual
-- Presentación 3: Mapas cósmicos de galaxias
7:45pm-8:30pm — conversación en directo y preguntas y respuestas con todos los ponentes.

Entradas: Gratuitas, pero es necesario inscribirse a través de EventBrite (Nota: las direcciones de correo electrónico del distrito escolar y otras direcciones de correo electrónico del trabajo con cortafuegos pueden bloquear los mensajes de EventBrite).

Información: Dr. Enrique Lopez Rodriguez (
Página web del evento:
Riley's Way Call For Kindness
By: Riley's Way Foundation
For: Young changemakers (13-22 years old)
Registration/Tickets Required: Yes
Deadline: April 2
Announcing Riley's Way Call For Kindness! Do you have an idea to change the world? Answer the Call For Kindness and win up to $3,000 to fund your project! Applications close on April 2, 2023.

The national nonprofit organization Riley's Way Foundation recently opened its annual Call For Kindness, which calls on young changemakers (13-22 years old) across the country to submit their ideas for projects rooted in kindness, empathy, and inclusivity. Now in its fifth year, the Call For Kindness offers changemakers the chance to participate in a dynamic Leadership Development Fellowship and win up to $3,000 to fund a project that strengthens their local, national, or global communities.

Young people (13-22) are invited to submit a new or existing idea, managing everything from prevailing social justice issues to pressing community-based needs. This year, a separate category will consider additional projects focused on environmental justice, as the climate crisis and other environmental problems require critical attention. In 2022, Riley's Way awarded funds to 40+ individual changemakers and teams across 20 states. To learn more and apply, visit
For high schoolers: 

GeneLab for High Schools
By: NASA's Ames Research Center
For: Students entering their junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2023 (see website for full eligibility details)
When: July 17th to August 11th
Where: N/A -- Virtual
Registration/Tickets Required: Yes (FREE! and students will be provided with a small stipend to help cover miscellaneous expenses)
Deadline: March 20

Announcing the GeneLab program from NASA!

NASA’s GeneLab for High Schools (GL4HS) program is a virtual four-week training program sponsored by NASA’s Ames Research Center. GL4HS immerses students in space life sciences with a specific focus on computational biology and omics-based bioinformatics research, the science of collecting and analyzing complex biological data such as genetic codes.

Summer 2023 GeneLab for High Schools Program
Audience: Upcoming junior/senior high school students and high school STEM educators
Application link
Application Deadline: Monday, March 20
Program Dates: July 17 – Aug. 11
Reminders and updates about opportunities
Are you passionate about science and education? Share your enthusiasm for science and spark the imagination of families and schoolchildren visiting The Lawrence Hall of Science through their teen volunteer program! Learn more and apply. Applications are due on March 4th.

Volunteering at The Lawrence not only is a great way to fulfill community service requirements, but it also provides teens with the opportunity to develop job skills. At The Lawrence, volunteers find a safe way and congenial place to socialize with other youths, while they enjoy the benefits of experiencing a work-related environment with professional staff, UC Berkeley college students, and teens from all around the Bay Area.

For requirements and more details, visit
Interested in a hands-on learning experience at Berkeley Lab? Applications for the Berkeley Lab Director's Apprenticeship Program (BLDAP) and Experiences in Research (EinR) are open! Both programs are paid work-based opportunities. Students must live and attend schools in Northern California to participate. Both programs will include a mixture of in-person and online activities.

Click the links below to register for the Summer Information Workshops
Saturday, March 11, 10:00 am
Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 pm (EinR Application Workshop only)
Summer and fall enrollment is OPEN for the Headwaters Research Experience!

The Headwaters Research Experience (HRE) is an affordable and accessible way for students looking to take their science education to the next level and bolster a college resume, participants design and create an original research project while being mentored by a professional scientist. Students see through the project from conception to publication by conducting field research (or compiling pre-existing available datasets) and learning how to analyze their findings. Students complete the program with a finalized research presentation and a formal research paper that will be submitted for publication.

Financial aid application due dates:
Summer: 5/13/2023
Fall: 8/12/2023
Join UC Berkeley's Girls in Engineering program this summer for a week of exciting hands-on activities, design challenges, and behind-the-scenes lab tours. Led by UC Berkeley staff and researchers, camp introduces participants to the many facets of engineering, design thinking, and real-world problem solving in a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment. 

GiE is the College of Engineering’s signature outreach program working to increase access to and diversity in engineering. GiE focuses on introducing middle school students to engineering and STEM fields during week-long summer camps. Camp is open to rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, of any gender identity, in the SF Bay Area. As an introductory STEAM camp, GiE is especially suited for students who show an interest in STEM but have not had an opportunity to explore it extensively. GiE is an immersive, hands-on experience led by UCB faculty, staff, and researchers.

The application is open! Apply today. Application deadline is March 31, 2023.

GiE has scholarships!!
GiE actively recruits students from underrepresented and underserved communities and offers FULL AND PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS to qualifying families. (See Scholarship tab by following Camp > Be A Camper > Application Process.)
The UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) is offering a fantastic PAID(!) opportunity to explore cellular engineering. Sophomores or juniors in the following school districts are eligible: San Francisco Unified School District, South San Francisco Unified School District, Jefferson Union High School District, Oakland Unified School District, Hayward Unified School District, or West Contra Costa Unified School District.

The Cellular Construction Workshop is a 10-day workshop for current sophomores, juniors, and teachers! Participants explore cellular engineering by building robots to mimic cell behavior and use cellular engineering techniques to solve real-world problems. STEM teacher participants receive curriculum to use in their classrooms.

Deadline to apply: March 19th
UCSF's Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) is excited to announce the inaugural Teen Wellness Summit on Mental Health, a free daylong gathering for 150 SFUSD teens to gain knowledge, learn new skills, reduce stigma around mental health, get helpful resources, and have fun! Register today!

WHEN: Saturday March 18th from 9am-3pm
WHERE: Community College San Francisco Ocean Ave Campus, Multi Use Building
FOR: SF Unified School District 9th-12th Grade Students

WHAT: A FREE daylong gathering for 150 SFUSD teens to gain knowledge, learn new skills, reduce stigma around mental health, get helpful resources, and have FUN! Presentations from University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researchers, health professionals, and other local experts on teen mental health. Exciting workshops include: Anxiety & Depression, How to deal with fear around Climate Change, Eating Disorders, Technology and Mental Health, Reducing the Stigma, and many more! Raffle, goodie bags, and free catered lunch from Koja Kitchen.

REGISTRATION: Required! Register at
Careers in Science (CiS) applications now open! To be eligible for the program, applicants must be currently enrolled full time as a 9th or 10th grade student in an SFUSD school. Learn more and apply today!

If you share a curiosity for the natural world—from plants to planets, worms to snakes, and everything in between—apply for a Careers in Science internship with the California Academy of Sciences.

Program logistics
Location: California Academy of Sciences
Time: Afterschool and weekends
Duration: Multi-year, year-round participation

Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is April 3, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Applicants will be required to attend a group interview to ensure a good fit and commitment to the program.

Level up by becoming a coder this summer with Girls Who Code!
Choose your own adventure through their two free virtual programs and get the skills, network, and lifelong college and career support you need to change the world. All high school girls and non-binary students are welcome to apply, including past participants! 

In their 2-week Summer Immersion Program for current 9th-11th graders, you’ll join live virtual classrooms hosted by industry-leading companies like MetLife, Bank of America, and Accenture. In their 6-week Self-Paced Program for current 9th-12th graders, you’ll learn to code through independent study and real-world projects.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of a sisterhood that supports you for life! Get started at Make sure to apply by March 24!

Applications are now open for Science Accelerating Girls' Engagement in STEM, or SAGE summer camp. The program is looking for 9th-11th grade students located in Northern California. Learn more at

SAGE is a (FREE!) STEM camp catered to high school students of underrepresented genders (women, trans, nonbinary, etc) hosted by 3 California National Laboratories. Visit the program's website to check out the different SAGE camps happening in Northern California.

The application deadline is March 15, 2023.
ROAR Academy is a rigorous, intense two-week summer program designed for advanced high school students (entering 10-12) who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. 

Early Application Deadline: March 24, 2023
Applications are reviewed as they are received, so you are encouraged to submit your completed application as soon as possible. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Who should apply: Participation is limited to High School students who live in California and will be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2023. Students who will graduate before the start of Summer 2023 are not eligible.

Financial aid: For families who demonstrate financial need, the ROAR Academy awards full scholarships, and you do not need to submit an additional scholarship application.
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