Adventures in Science
Virtual Worlds Institute: Cretaceous Seas (Grades 6, 7, 8)
August 11, 2014 - August 22, 2014
Your mission: travel back in time to investigate what is otherwise impossible to experience, the seas of the Cretaceous period. The American Museum of Natural History’s world-renowned fossil collections and exhibitions hold the key to understanding the prehistoric world. Resurrect a marine animal from 70 million years ago by designing realistic 3-D digital models and releasing them into a virtual Cretaceous sea environment.
During your investigations, you will meet Museum scientists and explore the tools they use and specimens they study behind the scenes in the paleontological research laboratories. In addition, this experience will provide you with valuable information about high school internships and research opportunities at the American Museum of Natural History.
Monday, August 11– Friday, August 22
9 am–4 pm
Member price: $1050
Non-member price: $1100
To apply for this institute, please click here. Completed applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications must include thoughtful essays that meet the word-count requirements.
We offer a limited number of need-based scholarships. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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October 8, 2014 - October 22, 2014
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October 19, 2014 - November 16, 2014
Five Sundays: October 19, 26, and November 2, 9, and 16, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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October 23, 2014 - November 6, 2014
We see living things all around us: in our homes, on our streets, and in the trees of our parks. But do you ever wonder what lurks just below the surface of, say, a murky pond? Explore a world hidden just out of sight, and marvel at the wonderful diversity of unfamiliar creatures living right under our noses.
November 3, 2014 - December 15, 2014
From long-lost cities to hidden temples, unearth the past as you learn the techniques and tools used by scientists to excavate sites and analyze the objects left by past cultures. Explore the Museum’s halls as you search for cultural treasures and learn what it would have been like to live in the past.
Grades 1 and 2: each child must be accompanied by a caregiver
Three Mondays: November 3, 10, 17
Time: 4:30–6 pm
Grades 3, 4 and 5
Three Mondays: December 1, 8, 15
Time: 4:30–6 pm
November 5, 2014 - November 19, 2014
Billions of twinkling lights greet us every night. People throughout history examined those lights and told stories about the patterns and shapes they saw within them. Join us to meet the animals, heroes, and legends of our ancestors still preserved in the sky, and visit those same celestial bodies up close. You may even discover your own story written across the sky.
Three Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00 PM: November 5th, 12th and 19th