Explora overview

2024 Program

The 2024 BBB Teen Internship will run June 18 - July 19, 2024 (no program the week of July 4th).
The program meets Tues - Fri from 9am - 4pm each day.



Rising 10th-12th graders who are at least 14 years old are eligible to apply. Previous experience in engineering is not required.

Across all sites, Build a Better Book strives to provide opportunities for students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in an out-of-school-time engineering internship experience. We strongly encourage students from the following backgrounds to apply:

  • Underrepresented in science and engineering, including girls, African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American students
  • LGBTQ+ students
  • Underserved, such as coming from low socioeconomic means, which may be indicated by qualification for free/reduced lunch
  • Potentially the first family member to attend college
  • Absence of science and engineering degrees in family
  • Coming from a high school with low admittance rates to top-tier colleges, especially rural or predominantly minority high schools

All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be considered, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Program Structure

The 4-week BBB Teen Internship at Explora is designed to provide interns with an authentic engineering design experience in a workplace setting. Participating interns will work collaboratively in project teams to design and produce accessible exhibit components for the science center. Through the internship, students develop an understanding of:

  • Universal Design principles and empathy-driven design
  • Accessibility tools and designing for disabilities
  • Tactile and multi-modal learning styles
  • Maker Technologies, such as 3D modeling and printing, computer programming, electronics, and laser cutters
  • Characteristics of blindness, vision impairments, and other disabilities
  • 21st century workplace skills