Science Alliance: Middle School Program

Part of Children & Families

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Classes at the Museum for students in Grades 6-8.

Learn new skills doing what you love—and meet our scientists. Explore the Tree of Life, our universe, and humankind. Make friends and collaborate on scientific discoveries!

Join Science Alliance

All classes are for students in Grades 6–8. Students can choose the topics they want to explore: anthropology, astrophysics, conservation science, Earth science, and evolutionary biology. 

During the school year, Science Alliance runs three sessions: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Classes will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays after school and Saturdays during the day. Class listings for Spring will be available in February.

  • Thursday and Friday classes meet from 4:30–6:30 pm for eight weeks.
  • Saturday classes meet from 10 am–3 pm for four weeks.

During the summer, Science Alliance offers a six-week Summer Science Academy where students explore a different scientific discipline each week. Summer Science Academy meets 9 am–4 pm.

Have an older student? See the Science Alliance High School Program.

How to Register

  • Please note that the grade level for Fall, Winter, and Spring programs below refers to the grade your child will enter in the 2023 academic year.
  • Students should sign up for classes based on the designated grade bands. 
  • To register for each program, click the “purchase” button.

Fees

  • Fall, Winter, and Spring courses are $1,000 each.
  • The six-week Summer Science Academy is $6,000 for the entire summer.

Tuition Assistance

We offer a limited number of reduced tuition (50% off) and free tuition seats in Science Alliance. If you qualify, you may apply for tuition assistance.

Following are household income requirements for free and reduced tuition. 

Household Size Free Tuition Reduced Tuition Full Tuition
2 people $90,400 or below $90,401–$186,450 $186,450 or higher
3 people $101,680 or below $101,681–$209,715 $209,715or higher
4 people $112,960 or below $112,961–$232,980 $232,980 or higher
5 people $122,000 or below $122,001-251,625 $251,625 or higher
6 people or more $131,040 or below $131,041-$270,270 $270,270 or higher

Should you have any trouble registering using the program links, please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to purchase or be added to the waitlist.

SAP Cancellation and Refund Policy

You will be eligible for a full refund (100%) if you cancel at least 30 days before the start of the program. You will be eligible for a partial refund (50%) if you cancel at least 15 days before the start of the program. Any cancellations less than 15 days before the program's start are not eligible to receive a refund. ​

In the event that a class must be canceled due to inclement weather, COVID-19 issues (e.g., increases in local Covid cases, changes to local Covid guidance, positive Covid cases among Museum staff, etc.), or other causes outside the control of the Museum, we will aim to reschedule the date(s) of the affected class(es) within the existing course schedule. In the event that rescheduling is not possible, refunds for class cancellations are not available.

To cancel your registration in our programs, please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200.

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Spring 2024 Sessions

CLASS
AGE GROUP
DATES & TIMES

Class:
A Universe Without Minerals

A universe without minerals can’t exist. Minerals are the building blocks of planets, you, the jewelry you wear, and the technology you use. Minerals have shaped our past, our present and will shape our future. And did you know that mineralogy opens doors to fascinating careers? Whether you dream of being a geologist, environmental scientist, or even a space explorer, this course lays the foundation for an exciting future. Join our team, explore the Hall of Gems and Minerals, NYC’s geologic features and learn about the natural processes that make the Earth unique, dynamic, and suitable for life, and that have shaped human civilization. .

Thursdays:  4/11, 4/18, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13

Purchase Here

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this course, please call CRS at 212-769-5200 between 9AM and 5PM.

Cost: $1,000

Registration Open

Age Group:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
Thursdays, 4:30–6:30 pm.

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Thursdays, 4:30–6:30 pm

Class:
Animal Behavior

How do ants farm fungus? Why do some birds “moonwalk”? Why do capuchin monkeys like to poke each other in the eye? Animals exhibit complex sets of behaviors. In this course, you will explore the ways that animals form sophisticated social structures, investigate their strategies for finding food and avoiding predators, and discover the lengths they will go to to attract mates and outcompete their rivals. Students will conduct observational field studies of animals in the wild and in captivity, interpret behavioral data like migration patterns and communication strategies, and meet with experts who work to understand the dynamic lives of the animals that coexist with us

Thursdays: 4/11, 4/18, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13

Purchase Here

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this course, please call CRS at 212-769-5200 between 9AM and 5PM.

Cost: $1000

Registration Open

Age Group:
Grade 7, Grade 6, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm.

Grade 7, Grade 6, Grade 8

Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm

Class:
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” may be our best future targets to determine whether or not life exists beyond Earth. In this course, students will take a deep dive into the dynamic physical 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 with a challenge to design a future mission to explore them!

Fridays: 4/12, 4/19, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14

Purchase Here

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this course, please call CRS at 212-769-5200 between 9AM and 5PM.

Cost: $1,000

Registration Open

Age Group:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
Fridays, 4:30–6:30 pm.

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Fridays, 4:30–6:30 pm

Class:
MesoArchaeoAstronomy

Throughout human history we have always looked to the sky, for navigation, for spiritual guidance, and for understanding our place in the Universe. Examine the relationship between the Mayan civilization and the cosmos. Explore social structure, belief systems, and daily life through the lens of archaeoastronomy. Investigate how celestial bodies affect a culture’s interpretation of time, mathematics, our calendrical system, and the way whole cities are designed. You will construct your own timekeeping device, experiment with alternative forms of mathematical calculation, and develop unique calendars. 

Fridays: 4/12, 4/19, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14

Purchase Here

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for this course, please call CRS at 212-769-5200 between 9AM and 5PM.

Cost: $1,000

Registration Open

Age Group:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Dates & Times:
Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm.

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm

 

Support for the Museum’s education and evaluation programs is generously provided by a grant from the Bezos Family Foundation.

The Museum’s Education Collection is generously supported by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and Elysabeth Kleinhans.