Are you interested in exploring science in one of the greatest scientific institutions in the world? Science Alliance is an exciting and challenging enrichment program for middle schoolers that provides students with an opportunity to become a part of the scientific world that exists within the American Museum of Natural History.
Science Alliance students immerse themselves in science every week, studying a wide variety of topics that reflect the Museum's research divisions. Starting with an introductory course, "Science and Scientists at the Museum," our students explore parts on the Museum that most visitors never see, going behind-the-scenes to meet scientists, view collections and learn about their research.
Throughout the three years of Science Alliance, the curriculum focuses on anthropology (including physical anthropology, human evolution, and genetics); invertebrate and vertebrate zoology (including biodiversity, ecology, conservation, and environmental sciences); and physical science (including astrophysics, earth and planetary science).
Participating in Science Alliance allows students to gain exposure to Museum artifacts and specimens, conduct investigations and study different scientific fields. Our students form close friendships and become part of a like-minded group of individuals who share a common curiosity and interest in the scientific world.
Science Alliance involves parents in their child's learning by inviting them to participate in unique Parent University Workshops. Offered on a trimester basis, these workshops, led by the Science Alliance instructors, encourage parents to gain an understanding of the scientific content and activities their children experience in class so they are better able to support their child's learning and interests.
Classes meet weekly on Fridays during the academic year from 4:30 - 6:30pm. Once your child has been accepted into Science Alliance, he/she has the opportunity to re-enroll during their 3 years of middle school. Upon completion of Science Alliance, graduates can continue their science learning at the Museum as they have early access to the Museum's outstanding high school offerings.
The 2017 Science Alliance Program applications are now closed.
Please email us at ScienceAlliance@amnh.org, or call 212-769-5982 if you have any questions about the program or application process.
Support for Science Alliance is provided by the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, the Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation, Joyce and Bob Giuffra, and Amy and John Jacobsson.