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Lang Science Program

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Each academic year, students in 5th grade are chosen to take part in an exciting, seven-year extracurricular relationship with the Museum.

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The Lang Science Program begins with a 3-week program the summer before 6th grade and continues into the school year with classes on Saturdays approximately twice per month. Students repeat this schedule each year all the way through 12th grade. Our students experience the Museum through science classes incorporating hands-on exploration, behind-the-scenes adventures, meetings with scientists, and content-rich programming.

The Lang Science Program focuses on the sciences studied at the Museum—biology (biodiversity, evolution, genetics, conservation, and more), anthropology (cultural, human evolution, archaeology, and linguistics), and physical sciences (astronomy, Earth science, planetary science). Students also design their own research projects, learn about Museum exhibits, and start preparing for college and careers.

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In 2018, a major study was published on Lang alumni, pointing to four reasons why students in the program tend to stick with STEM topics through college and into their careers.

In 2015-16, students in the Lang program collaborated with Museum Curator Susan Perkins to produce two games based on her exhibit, The Secret World Inside You. Download the card game, Gutsy. Or try the Minecraft Map that explores the human microbiome.

A 2014 study found that the Lang model enhances STEM interest, motivation, and persistence in girls who have participated.

In 2014, to promote the Pterosaurs - Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs exhibit, Lang students made a video in which they attempted to pronounce Pterosaur names.

EdLab at Columbia University's Teachers College visited Lang in the summer of 2013 and made this video.

Lang students participated in NASA's MoonKAM project

Read about Henry Lim, who was a winner in the 2011 Young Naturalist Awards. Read the New York Times article on Henry's work.

Download the article published in the AMNH Members magazine, Rotunda, from March/April 2010.

The AMNH Lang Science Program and Lang Scholar Awards are made possible by founding and continued support from the Eugene M. Lang Foundation.

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