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After School Program

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After School Program

Are you curious about science and the natural world? Do you always watch the latest rocket launch, follow #nature on Instagram, or like learning about different cultures around the world? If you are a 9th through 12th grader who lives or goes to school in NYC, come to the American Museum of Natural History and find your new favorite topic in science!  

Every year, NYC high school students can take free courses at the Museum on topics including anthropology, astrophysics, earth science, genetics, biodiversity, and more. Students have the unique opportunity to explore our halls and dioramas, go behind the scenes to our research labs and collections, as well as working with our wonderful educators and scientists to explore diverse science topics.

Classes run from September through May, on many school breaks, and during the summer. 

We offer five sessions of After School courses per year. Each session is five weeks long and meets once or twice a week from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. Students may attend only one course per session. Download our scheduled calendar below!

Check back soon for our 2019-2020 calendar 

(Please note that calendar is subject to change)

Who can participate in the After School Program? 

  • Teens that are in 9th through 12th grade (or home school equivalent).
  • Students who live in *or* go to school in the 5 boroughs of NYC.
  • You are in good standing with the program if you have previously participated.

What should you know before you apply? 

  • All After School Program courses are offered free of charge. 
  • Please read each course description carefully, including the dates and days.
  • Our goal is to have as many students as possible to join us at the museum. Often, we have many more students apply for classes than available seats. If you are waitlisted for a class, please be sure to follow instructions and apply again next session! Being waitlisted is not a reflection on your ability to participate in the class. 
  • Preference for 2 credit courses will go toward 10th and 11th graders, but 9th and 12th graders may apply. 

Our Values: Diversity Equity, and Inclusion

AMNH is a global museum in one of the most diverse cities in the world and we are committed to building an inclusive youth community that reflects that diversity. We understand science is improved by a diversity of perspectives working together to understand our world. We believe in addressing the barriers that prevent everyone from equally participating in science, particularly on the basis of race, gender, socio-economic status, and/or sexual orientation. We invite high school students across New York City to experience science in a way that is creative, social, and relevant. We are committed to providing opportunities to all students, with a focus on those who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds. We also accept students regardless of citizenship or immigration status. Join our community and explore human cultures, the natural world, and the universe at the Museum.

*NEW* AMNH High School Programs Credit System

What is the system?

  • Each Teen Program you participate in at AMNH earns you credit. While at AMNH you can earn credits for successfully completing a course, internship, or program, and use those credits toward applying to high-level programs. For example, earning four credits makes you eligible to apply for SRMP, earning six qualifies you as an AMNH Alumni - giving you access to networking, parties, and the chance to serve and develop skills on the Youth Alumni Committee. 

Who earns credits?

  • To earn the credit you must be enrolled and successfully complete an eligible course, program, or internship. You must be in good standing with the department, including adhering to Teen Program rules on behavior, attendance policy, and makeup assignments. 
  • Credits apply to the After School Program, “Sci Vis” week-long programs, Saltz Internship, Science Research Mentor Program, and school partnership programs. 

ASP Session 1 – Courses (9/25/19–11/06/19)

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COURSE
GRADE LEVEL
DATES & TIMES

Course:
Dynamic Earth – 2 Credits

In this Earth and Planetary Science course, students will learn about the latest research on geology and planetary science conducted at the Museum by meeting with scientists, hall visits and hands-on activities. Our goal will be to understand the ongoing processes that transform our unique world by looking at how Earth was formed, why and how events such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and climate change occur, and much more.

Meeting Times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 9/25, 10/2, 10/7, 10/16, 10/21, 10/23, 10/28, 10/30, 11/4, 11/6

Cost: Free

Registration Open

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Grade Level:
Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Dates & Times:
Mondays and Wednesdays.
4:30–6:30 PM

Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Mondays and Wednesdays

4:30–6:30 PM

Course:
Linguistic Anthropology – 1 Credit

A hand-drawn map of a suggested route for the Jesup North Pacific Expedition.
Image credit: AMNH Division of Anthropology

Does what we say reveal something beyond our words? Our ability to communicate emotions, ideas and needs is one of the characteristics that defines being human. However, language is not simply the way humans interact, it can also tell scientists how humans have changed over time. By exploring the way language transforms, impacts or is impacted by culture, scientists can learn about the complex role that language has played in our development as humans. In this course, you will examine how scientists use sound to track the evolution of language, languages in danger of disappearing, and the effect of rapid technological advancement on the future of communication.

Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

Registration Open

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Grade Level:
Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Dates & Times:
Wednesdays.
4:30–6:30 PM

Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Wednesdays

4:30–6:30 PM

Course:
Wonderful Universe – 2 Credits

What makes a star shine? What holds the stars in a galaxy together? What exactly is a black hole? Could spaceships travel faster than the speed of light? This class will introduce and discuss the physical laws and principles that make the Universe what it is, from gravity to electromagnetism to quantum mechanics. We will meet some bizarre and unfamiliar objects along the ride, such as pulsars, cosmic rays, and dark matter.

Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Meeting Dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/8, 10/10, 10/15, 10/17, 10/22, 10/24, 10/29, 10/31

Cost: Free

Registration Open

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Grade Level:
Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Dates & Times:
Tuesdays and Thursdays.
4:30–6:30 PM

Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Tuesdays and Thursdays

4:30–6:30 PM

Course:
Conservation Biology – 2 Credits

What causes a species to go extinct? How can scientists use their skills to spot, and stop, threats to our natural world? This course will introduce the principles and techniques of conservation biology, the causes of species extinctions and how the environment changes over time by human activity. Aspects of population biology relevant to conservation will be covered, as well as conservation genetics, and genetic techniques used by scientists to study endangered populations.

Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/8, 10/10, 10/15, 10/17, 10/22, 10/24, 10/29, 10/31

Registration Open

More details Less details

Grade Level:
Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Dates & Times:
Tuesdays and Thursdays.
4:30–6:30 PM

Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Tuesdays and Thursdays

4:30–6:30 PM

Credits

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

Support for the Science Research Mentoring Program at the American Museum of Natural History is provided by Christopher C. Davis, The Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund; The Pinkerton Foundation; the Bezos Family Foundation; the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation; Inc.; and the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation.

Complimentary test preparation and college admissions support for program participants is generously provided by Kaplan Test Prep.