Science Alliance

Part of Children & Families

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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 Fall 2022 academic year below. Class listings for Winter and Spring will be available in October and January, respectively.

  • 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/Fall2022Assist

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.

Fall 2022 Science Alliance

CLASS
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Class:
Mineralogy - Thursdays

Excited about the new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals? Then this course is for you! We will explore the reimagined halls, while learning all about the structure and properties of minerals. What is a mineral? How do they form? Why are they important to life on Earth? Join us and explore the diversity of minerals on our planet and the significance they have played to cultures and societies around the globe.

Dates: 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

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Cost: $1,000

Registration Open

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

Dates & Times:
September 29, 2022 - December 8, 2022

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School

September 29, 2022 - December 8, 2022

Class:
Anthrobytes - Thursdays

Anthropology is the study of how human cultures have developed and changed over time. In this course, students will explore how food can be a pathway to understanding culture. Examine our relationships with food through social media, and use big data and machine learning tools to digest the complex relationships we have with the food on our plates. During this course, students will have the chance to nibble on treats while they chew on the food systems and the cultural phenomenon that surrounds us!

Dates: 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

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Cost: $1,000

Registration Open

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

Dates & Times:
September 29, 2022 - December 8, 2022

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School

September 29, 2022 - December 8, 2022

Class:
Paleoanthropology - Fridays

Biological Anthropology is the study of human biology, evolution, and variation. In order to learn about humans and our species’ place in nature, biological anthropologists study primates, fossils, prehistoric people, modern biology, and genetics. We also study the interaction of culture and biology. We will begin by discussing primate characteristics, classification, and locomotion. Explore first-hand what makes us human by examining fossils, studying anatomy, and learning about stone tools. In this course, we will trace the path of human evolution through in-depth

Dates: 9/30, 10/14, 10/22, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

SOLD OUT - Please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to be added to the Waitlist.

Cost: $1,000

Sold Out

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

Dates & Times:
September 30, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School

September 30, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Class:
Astro Explorations - Fridays

Humans have gazed into the sky for centuries and wondered how our lives are connected to the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars that dot our night sky. Today, through the science of astronomy, we have uncovered not just connections to our own lives, but to the universe at large. This class is designed as an introductory step into astronomy and the various components of the field. We will survey our own knowledge, as well as the history, scale, and motions of the universe, to help paint a coherent picture of the cosmos. Through each of these concepts, we will also tie it back into how our very own museum astronomers do their work!

Dates: 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8

Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm

SOLD OUT - Please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to be added to the Waitlist.

Cost: $1,000

Sold Out

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

Dates & Times:
September 30, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School

September 30, 2022 - December 9, 2022

Class:
Bio Explorations: Conservation - Saturdays I

The air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat all rely on biodiversity, but right now there are glaring signs that it is in crisis due to human activity. In this course, students will explore the importance of biodiversity and the basic principles of conservation to address the ecological challenges we face in the 21st century. We will learn about management strategies for various ecosystems and design solutions to solve future biodiversity problems with invention and innovation.

Dates: 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

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Cost: $1,000

Registration Open

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

Dates & Times:
October 1, 2022 - October 29, 2022

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School

October 1, 2022 - October 29, 2022

Class:
Ocean Worlds - Saturdays II

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: 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

SOLD OUT - Please call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 to be added to the Waitlist.

Cost: $1,000

Sold Out

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

Dates & Times:
November 5, 2022 - December 10, 2022

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Middle School

November 5, 2022 - December 10, 2022

 

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.