Thank you for your interest in the Adventure in Science (AIS) program. The application for enrollment will start in early summer and this page will be updated with a link to submit a new application form. To receive an update when the application process opens, please signup to receive updates using the e-mail sign up section on this page.

Because of the high level of interest in the AIS program, we offer priority enrollment to current successful participants and their siblings. After priority enrollment, acceptance into the program is on a space-available basis filled by lottery. (You do not have to be a member of 4-H in advance, as the membership in 4-H is automatically included.

Parents register their children in early summer to attend an AIS site. Since the program only exists through volunteerism, parents are required to volunteer for a few hours a season: teaching a session, finding others to teach, being a teacher’s aide, or helping in other organizational activities.

A registration fee of $75 per student (less for family discounts) pays for membership in 4-H, classroom equipment and computers, and consumable materials. Financial assistance is also available. The AIS program grants equal opportunity and access to programs and facilities without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or disability. For more information please signup to receive updates from AIS

Participating Sites


Students of ages 8-10:

  • Leidos Gaithersburg
  • National Institutes of Health (WES), Bethesda
  • Urbana Middle School, Urbana.

Students of ages 11 - 14 :

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg
  • Montgomery County campus of the Johns Hopkins University, Gaithersburg
  • Germantown Campus, Montgomery College

Young adults of ages 15 - 18 :

who have been in the program for many years, may apply to be-come formal AIS assistants. They help in many activities, including teaching sessions that they create themselves. Their volunteer hours count as school community service.