Science Alliance

Part of Children & Families

science-alliance-2460-1384
A program for middle school students at the American Museum of Natural History.

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. Check out our line-up for Winter 2023 academic year below. Class listings for Spring will be available in February.

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

How to Register

  • Please note that the grade level for each program below refers to the grade your child will enter in the 2022 academic year.
  • Students should sign up for classes based on the designated grade bands. 
  • To register for each program, click the “purchase ticket” button.

Fees

Each course is listed below with the link to purchase a ticket. Each class is $1,000. We have a limited number of Reduced Tuition ($500) and Free Tuition seats in Science Alliance. To apply for tuition assistance please complete the following form https://bit.ly/SAPAssistance2223

You can use the income eligibility chart below to see if you qualify for free or reduced (50%) tuition:

Household Size Free Tuition Reduced Tuition Full Tuition
2 people 76,400 or below $76,401-$157,575 $157,576 or higher
3 people $85,920 or below $85,921-$177,210 $177,211 or higher
4 people $95,440 or below $95,441-$196,845 $196,846 or higher
5 people $103,120 or below $103,121-$212,685 $212,686 or higher
6 people or more $110,720 or below $110,721-$228,360 $228,361 or higher

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

Cancellation Policy

  • To receive a full refund (100%), you must cancel at least 30 days before the start of the program. 
  • To receive a partial refund (50%), you must cancel at least 15 days before the start of the program.
  • If you cancel less than 15 days before the start of the program, you will not receive a refund. ​
  • To cancel your registration in any of our programs, please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200. 

To learn more about the programs, read the descriptions below, or contact us at [email protected].

To join our mailing list and learn about other middle school offerings, please click here.

Winter 2023 Science Alliance

CLASS
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Class:
Ocean Worlds - Thursdays

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. 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!

 

Dates: 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16 , 3/2, 3/9

 

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Buy Online Here or call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to purchase or be added to the Waitlist.

Cost: $1000

Grade Level:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School, Youth, Students

Dates & Times:
January 12, 2023 - March 9, 2023

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School, Youth, Students

January 12, 2023 - March 9, 2023

Class:
BioExplorations: Evolution - Fridays

This course will serve as an introduction to the definition and the concepts of evolution. Students will explore and link the fundamental areas of Biology such as genetics, molecular biology, anatomy and classification to understand how biologists seek answers on how life has evolved over time. In this course, students will use the collection halls and other resources at AMNH to explore the vast diversity of life, the principles of evolution and how new evidence is helping us better understand the relatedness of organisms.

 

Dates: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 3/3, 3/10

 

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Buy Online Here or call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to purchase or be added to the Waitlist.

 

Cost: $1000

Grade Level:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School, Youth, Students

Dates & Times:
January 13, 2023 - March 10, 2023

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School, Youth, Students

January 13, 2023 - March 10, 2023

Class:
AnthroExplorations - Fridays

Cultural Anthropology is the study of how human culture develops and changes across large societies to the smallest communities around the world.  In this course, students will explore how cultural anthropologists scientifically investigate culture and cultural change and movement. The class will examine how culture is learned, changes over time and across geographic space, and how it is represented by others, as well as at the American Museum of Natural History.  Students will tamper with taboos, track cultural exchange through board games, experiment with culture through a camera lens, and consider their own cultural identities in the context of doing such science.

 

 

Dates: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 3/3, 3/10

 

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

 

Buy Online Here or call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to purchase or be added to the Waitlist.

Cost: $1000

Grade Level:
Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School, Youth, Students

Dates & Times:
January 13, 2023 - March 10, 2023

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School, Youth, Students

January 13, 2023 - March 10, 2023

 

Support for middle school programs is provided by Con Edison.

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.