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Middle School Institutes

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The Middle School Institutes (MSI) program introduces children from Grades 6 - 8 to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations, interactive tours of Museum exhibits and the use of digital programs and skill building.

Registration for Spring 2019 Programs is open! 

To register, call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200

For more information, please contact institutes@amnh.org

Spring 2019 Programs

Winter 2019 Programs

 

MSI Summer 2019

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Camp:
Digital Universe Flight School

Want to take a stroll on Mars? How about an afternoon flight to Europa, a moon of Jupiter, which may have vast oceans under its icy surface? In this unique program, you will learn to navigate our solar system, galaxy, and beyond using the Museum’s cutting-edge three-dimensional digital map of our universe. Digital Universe combines celestial mapmaking with breathtaking and sophisticated data visualization. Using advanced gaming laptops and the Rose Center’s Hayden Planetarium, students will have the incredible opportunity to explore this software and the science behind it.
The Digital Universe Flight School also provides you with the opportunity to learn from the Museum’s considerable space science resources, as well as to meet scientists to learn about careers in astrophysics and Earth science.

Want to learn more about Digital Universe? Check out this cool film The Known Universe.

Here's a video about the Winter 2012 Institute for the Digital Universe Flight School.

Cost: $650 ($625 Members)

Registration Open

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Grade Level:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
August 19, 2019 - August 23, 2019
9 am–4 pm

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

August 19, 2019 - August 23, 2019

9 am–4 pm

Camp:
Ancient Sharks

Sharks—for more than 400 million years, these fearsome fishes have been among the ocean’s top predators. In this institute, you will use the Museum’s amazing fossil collection to learn about the strange and fascinating history of these extraordinary creatures. Through a combination of hands-on activities and computer-generated graphics, you will build a detailed knowledge of ancient shark biology, behavior, and environments.

Cost: $650 ($625 Members)

Registration Open

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Grade Level:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
August 19, 2019 - August 23, 2019
9 am–4 pm

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

August 19, 2019 - August 23, 2019

9 am–4 pm

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.