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Urban Advantage

Part of Professional Learning for Educators

Urban Advantage student displaying worm from their study at expo. © AMNH/ R. Mickens 

Urban Advantage (UA), the Gottesman Center’s hallmark partnership program with the NYC Department of Education and seven other science-rich cultural institutions, is now in its 16th year of providing professional development for science teachers, classroom teaching resources and equipment for schools, access to the resources of the UA partner institutions, and educational outreach to families of UA students. During the 2018–2019 school year, UA served more than 94,000 students and 900 science teachers in 295 public schools with grades 3-­8 students. Centered on the NYC curriculum goal of long-term science investigations, the program focuses on increasing students’ knowledge of both science content and the science practices involved in conducting authentic science investigations. At last year’s 15th Anniversary of the Urban Advantage Citywide Science EXPO, over 360 exit projects were presented by students with over 1000 UA families in attendance.

Urban Advantage expo 2019 in the Milsteiin HAll of Ocean Life.
The 15th Annual Citywide Urban Advantage Science Expo at the American Museum of Natural History.
© AMNH/ R. Mickens 

Registration Deadlines

  • UA School Application: July 15th
  • UA Teacher Application: August 15th

Learn how your school can participate to UA.


American Museum of Natural History
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
New York Botanical Garden
New York Hall of Science
New York City Department of Education
Queens Botanical Garden
Staten Island Zoo
WCS/New York Aquarium
WCS/Bronx Zoo

Public support for the Urban Advantage program is provided by the Speaker and Council of the City of New York, and the New York City Department of Education.