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 our Spring and Summer 2018 Programs is now open! 

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

For more information, please contact institutes@amnh.org

Spring Program

Summer Programs

CREDITS

Additional support is provided by The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation.

Support for middle school programs is provided by Con Edison.

Upcoming Offerings

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Evolution Institute (Grades 6, 7 and 8)

April 15, 2018 - May 13, 2018

Explore the amazing diversity of life on our planet, making use of AMNH's considerable resources, such as our fossil halls, genetics labs, and world-famous collections.

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Digital Universe Flight School (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

July 2, 2018 - August 24, 2018

Have you ever dreamed of flying among the stars and looking back at the Earth? In this program, you will have the opportunity to explore the vastness of space using the digital projection of the Museum’s three-dimensional digital map of the universe.

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Coding Climate Change - (Grades 7 and 8 ONLY)

July 2, 2018 - July 6, 2018

Coding Climate Change is a new course that explores climate science 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 the NASA Earth Observatory.

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Eco Rangers (Grades 6, 7 and 8)

July 9, 2018 - July 13, 2018

The Eco Rangers Institute will give students the opportunity to learn the tools and techniques conservation scientists use to gather information about endangered habitats, and explore the Museum’s biodiversity resources in the exhibit halls, genetics labs, and beyond.

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Archaeology: Digging in the Digital Age (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

August 6, 2018 - August 10, 2018

Today’s archaeologists explore the history and prehistory of cultures around the world with a toolkit that includes sub-surface sonar surveys, simple hand-held shovels—and everything in between. If you’re curious about the real science of archeology, come explore the excitement of digging in the digital age.

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Ancient Sharks (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

August 13, 2018 - August 17, 2018

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.

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Coding Quakes (Grades 7 and 8 ONLY)

August 27, 2018 - August 31, 2018

The strongest forces of our planet and... computer programming? Coding Quakes is a new course that 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 of earthquakes from around the globe. No coding experience is necessary

Past Offerings

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SciChat

December 3, 2017

SciChats are free hangouts open to 10–13 year-olds accompanied by a guardian. This is a chance to socialize, eat, and hangout with scientists and other curious kids.

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Evolution Institute - (Grades 6, 7 and 8)

October 16, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Explore the amazing diversity of life on our planet, making use of AMNH's considerable resources, such as our fossil halls, genetics labs, and world-famous collections.

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Archaeology: Digging in the Digital Age (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

April 25, 2016 - April 29, 2016

Today’s archaeologists explore the history and prehistory of cultures around the world with a toolkit that includes sub-surface sonar surveys, simple hand-held shovels—and everything in between. If you’re curious about the real science of archeology, come explore the excitement of digging in the digital age.