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Science Alliance Program

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Science Alliance

Part 1 of the Science Alliance Program application is now closed. If you completed Part 1 and still need to complete Parts 2 and 3, you will need an application packet, available in both English and Spanish. Parts 2 and 3 of the application are due no later than Friday, February 9, 2018.

 

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.

 

For more information about other class offerings affiliated with Science Alliance, please see The Early Adventures Program and the Science and Nature Program.

Please email us at ApplyToSAP@amnh.org, or call 212-769-5982 if you have any questions about the program or application process.

 

CREDITS

Support for Youth Initiatives is provided by The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation.

Support for middle school programs is provided by Con Edison.

Complimentary test preparation and college admissions support for program participants is generously provided by Kaplan Test Prep.