Youth Inspired Challenge

The Youth Inspired Challenge is a major new initiative of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), designed to expand the impact of science centers and museums to assist the youth around the world to become the innovative and creative thinkers needed for the 21st century workforce. This new international program is inspired by President Obama and other world leaders’ commitment to strengthening the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics knowledge of the world’s youth. ASTC member institutions will offer valuable science education and youth employment programs outside the classroom to engage youth in a minimum of 2 million hours of science enrichment over the next three years.

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Youth Inspired Showcase

  • Announce ASTC 2013 conference’s youth focus program sessions

    Aug 20th The 2013 ASTC Annual Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 19-22.  This year’s Youth Programs track is full of excellent sessions, ... Learn More
  • Changing the Association – Expanding Roles for Youth

    Jul 15th In ASTC’s Annual conference 2012, ASTC held a conference session for youth. ASTC has been offering sessions regarding Youth Inspired Challenge member’s programs since ... Learn More

Find a Program


Maximum participation of ASTC members is essential for meeting the goals of the challenge. ASTC member institutions that offer programs meeting any of the following criteria can sign up today:

  • Programs should serve youth ages 10 — 19.
  • Programs must provide at least 6 hours of hands-on STEM learning and/or skills development.
  • STEM professionals or educators should be involved as mentors.
  • Programs should focus on encouraging participants to pursue STEM studies and/or careers.
  • Limit student-to-staff ratio to 25:1 to maximize program impact
Our Programs' Impact (Number of hours)
Current Programs Impact Hours2,000,000

Help us reach our goal of 2 million hours

Youth Inspired Challenge programs will engage youth in 2 million hours of high-quality science enrichment over the next three years. Click here to learn how you can support us today! Learn More

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