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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 2015-2016 Exploratory Courses click the link below.

Exploratory Courses - Session 4 (3/11/16 - 4/22/16)
Invisible Bodies
Darwin's Dangerous Experiments

Exploratory Courses - Session 3 (1/13/16 - 3/2/16)
Mapping Disaster (Formerly Visualizing Climate Change)



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 2015-2016 Science Research courses click the link below.

Science Research Courses - Session 4 (3/11/16 - 4/22/16)
Human Origins
Tree of Life
Wonderful Universe
Secrets of the Solar System

Science Research Courses -  Session 3 (1/13/16 - 3/2/16) 
Culture, Language and Society in the 21st Century
Molecular Genetics
Mechanisms of Evolution



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Upcoming Offerings

Pleiades M45 Open Star Cluster

Stars - Science Research Course

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. 

Comparative Genomics

Molecular Genetics - Science Research Course

Through a series of hands on labs exploring the sequencing and identification of DNA, study how scientists use genetic information to understand the history of life on earth and the conservation of endangered species.

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!).

Microbial Warriors Battle Digestive Disease

Invisible Bodies - Exploratory Course

March 11, 2016 - April 22, 2016

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!

Wonderful Universe

Wonderful Universe - Science Research Course

March 14, 2016 - April 20, 2016

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.


Human Origins - Science Research Course

March 15, 2016 - April 21, 2016

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

March 15, 2016 - April 21, 2016

From bacteria to whales, there are over 2 million known species on our planet Earth.  This amazing array of biodiversity is everywhere–even in places you cannot see, like deep underground. This course will explore the diversity of life and explain how living organisms are related because they all share a common ancestor. This is known as the Tree of Life. With hands-on activities, hall and museum collection visits, and laboratory dissections students will learn how scientists organize biodiversity into classification systems using morphological and molecular data.

Charles Darwin Birthday 2014 image

Darwin’s Dangerous Experiments - Exploratory Course

March 15, 2016 - April 21, 2016

In this class, you will test the origins of the theory of Natural Selection with experiments recreated from the writings of Charles Darwin. Darwin’s great curiosity for the natural world meant that he carried out scientific experiments throughout his life, from small garden experiments to traveling the globe. Darwin developed the theory of evolution by natural selection working with a vast network of correspondents across the globe, helping him understand how his experiments worked in real-world conditions. Find out what Darwin told his friends and learn how he formulated his theory by trying Darwin’s Dangerous Experiments on worms, plants and seeds!

Past Offerings

Borokua Explore21 Coral

Marine Biology - Exploratory Course

November 6, 2015 - December 18, 2015

In this course, students will learn about marine invertebrates and biodiversity through the field research and scientific expertise of scientists working at the Museum

Borokua Explore21 Coral

Medical Anthropology - Exploratory Course

November 5, 2015 - December 17, 2015

Using the tools on anthropology, you will uncover how history, geography, and our own culture can affect how we treat malaria, HIV, guinea worm and other tropical diseases in the developing world, and what you can do to stop their spread.

Introduction to Physical Sciences

Life Beyond Earth - Exploratory Course

September 18, 2015 - October 23, 2015

In this course, you will learn the basics of the field of astrobiology, a systematic way of categorizing and searching for life in the cosmos.

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth - Science Research Course

September 16, 2015 - October 28, 2015

Learn about the latest research conducted here at the museum through interactions with scientists, lectures, hall visits and hands-on activities.

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