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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 Mid-winter and Spring Break is now open! See the tables below for available institutes.

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

We do not offer online registration at this time.

For more information, please contact institutes@amnh.org

Mid-winter Recess | February 17–21, 2020

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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 by using the Museum's cutting-edge three-dimensional digital map of the universe. Digital Universe combines celestial mapmaking with breathtaking and sophisticated data visualization. Using advanced gaming laptops and the Rose Center's Hayden Planetarium, you 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 innovative scientists who will expose you to careers in astrophysics and Earth science.

Cost: $650 ($625 Members)

Please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200.

We do not offer online registration at this time.

Registration Open

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Grade Level:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
February 17, 2020 - February 21, 2020
9 am–4 pm

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

February 17, 2020 - February 21, 2020

9 am–4 pm

Camp:
Coding Quakes

The strongest forces of our planet and computer programming? Coding Quakes explores Earth and computer science. With Python, a popular coding language used widely by scientists in many fields, students will ask and answer scientific questions by analyzing data from earthquakes around the globe. No coding experience is necessary—we’ll start from the beginning. Along the way, students will immerse themselves in current Earth science research and develop basic coding skills. Join us for an opportunity to learn about the forces shaping our planet and the tools scientists use to study them.

Cost: $650 ($625 Members)

Please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200. 

We do not offer online registration at this time.

Registration Open

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Grade Level:
Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
February 17, 2020 - February 21, 2020
9 am–4 pm

Grade 7, Grade 8

February 17, 2020 - February 21, 2020

9 am–4 pm

Spring Break | April 13–17, 2020

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Ocean Worlds

Over the past few decades, observations from space-exploration missions have allowed scientists to determine that planetary bodies within our solar system contain vast reservoirs of water. These “ocean worlds” maybe our best future targets to determine whether or not life exists beyond Earth. Take a deep dive into the dynamic processes of Earth’s oceans, the unique organisms that have adapted to the ocean environment, and the tools and technology used to explore the ocean depths. We will then look toward the skies to see what is known about our solar system’s other “ocean worlds,” culminating in a challenge to design a future mission to explore them!

Cost: $650 ($625 Members)

Please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200.

We do not offer online registration at this time.

Registration Open

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Grade Level:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
April 13, 2020 - April 17, 2020
9 am–4 pm

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

April 13, 2020 - April 17, 2020

9 am–4 pm

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

Support for middle school programs is provided by Con Edison.