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Every year, the After School Program (ASP) offers courses to New York City high school students interested in the sciences. There are courses in anthropology, astrophysics, earth science, genetics, biodiversity, and more. Each course makes use of the Museum's unique resources through hall visits, lab and collections tours, talks and lectures by scientists, and hands-on activities.

ASP offers multiple sessions throughout the school year. Each session is six weeks long, and courses meet once or twice a week from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Students may attend only one course per session.

All After School Program Exploratory and Science Research courses are offered free of charge!



Within these content areas, we offer two types of courses, Exploratory and Science Research. To Learn more about any of the courses listed below please follow the link in the course title.


Exploratory courses are introductory-level courses for students to explore their diverse interests. Any New York City high school student may take one or more exploratory courses throughout the school year. For a tentative schedule of 2014-2015 Exploratory Courses click the link below.

Exploratory Courses - Session 4 (2/23/15 - 4/2/15)

From Claw to Wing
DNA Barcoding
Invisible Bodies: Friend or Foe?



Science Research courses are intensive courses on current scientific research in the fields of comparative biology, anthropology, and physical sciences. Science Research courses are taught by Museum scientists and introduce students to the concepts and methods used by Museum researchers. Completion of three Science Research courses is a prerequisite for application to a year of mentorship with a Museum scientist through the Science Research Mentoring Program.

Science Research courses are open to students in 10-12th grade (public, private, and homeschool).

For a tentative schedule of 2014-2015 Science Research courses click the link below.

Science Research Courses - Session 4 (2/23/15 - 4/2/15)
Comparative Genomics
Tree of Life
Secrets of the Solar System
Human Origins



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Upcoming Offerings


Conservation Genetics - Exploratory Course

In this course, we will learn about how DNA sequencing, including DNA Barcoding, and fingerprinting techniques can be used to determine species distribution patterns, to identify products made from endangered animals, and to propagate endangered species in captivity.


Explosive Earth - Exploratory Course

This class will explore the world of volcanoes!  We will learn why they exist, where they form, and a volcano study is never complete without modeling how they erupt.

Stars - Science Research Course

Cosmology - Exploratory Course

Learn about both aspects of cosmology – see how different cultures represent their cosmologies through exhibits from around the Museum, and learn about how scientists study the Universe and what we have learned (and what we don't know!).

Pleiades M45 Open Star Cluster

Stars - Science Research Course

February 23, 2015 - April 1, 2015

This class will introduce you to the variety of stars out there – from white dwarves to red giants, and G-type stars like our Sun to recently discovered brown dwarves that are changing our thoughts on what a star even is. 


DNA Barcoding - Exploratory Course

February 24, 2015 - April 2, 2015

In this course, we will explore a cutting edge methodology that has helped scientists all over the world identify and study biodiversity: DNA Barcoding.  


Human Origins - Science Research Course

February 24, 2015 - April 2, 2015

Trace the path of human evolution through in-depth discussions, hands-on activities, and visits to Museum halls that plot the history of humankind.

Tree of LIfe

Tree of Life - Science Research Course

February 24, 2015 - April 2, 2015

Learn how scientists use both physical and molecular characteristics of plants and animals to classify and name species, as well as determine how different species are related to one another.

Saurischians to Birds image

From Claw to Wing - Exploratory Course

February 25, 2015 - April 1, 2015

Explore what extinct theropods and birds had in common with paleontological evidence and how paleontologists collect, prepare and analyze fossils in the field.

Microbial Warriors Battle Digestive Disease

Invisible Bodies: Friend or Foe? - Exploratory Course

February 27, 2015 - April 10, 2015

Find out how some of the hardiest life forms on the planet can cause disease, jump from body to body, and compete with other microorganisms to survive virtually everywhere you (don’t) look!

Past Offerings

Wonderful Universe

Wonderful Universe - Science Research Course

October 28, 2014 - December 16, 2014

This class will introduce and discuss the physical laws and principles that make the Universe what it is, from gravity to electromagnetism to quantum mechanics.

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