Our imaginative and interactive Creative Connections programs are designed to meet the needs of our youngest CTY participants. The programs include one-day and overnight learning experiences for students and parents at prestigious museums, aquariums, and science and nature centers. Program structure varies at each site, but every event includes hands-on activities designed to provide an environment in which families can learn and discover new interests together.
A note about our overnight programs: Unless otherwise indicated, families spend the night in the host institution. Participants should bring sleeping bags, foam pads, and pillows, as they will be sleeping on the floor.
MEarth – Carmel, California
Sunday, April 30, 2017
CTYers and their families will spend the day gardening with worms and compost; exploring diverse bird, insect, and small-mammal ecosystems; and learning about watersheds. Participants will use ingredients from the garden to make a seasonal salad and learn how to make pizza dough for a harvest-to-table pizza lunch (with dessert!) in the Hilton Bialek Habitat Green Building’s state-of-the-art kitchen. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. Lunch is included.
National Museum of Mathematics – New York City
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Mathematics illuminates the patterns and structures all around us; participants of this program will explore the wonders of math at this fascinating museum known as "MoMath." CTY families will participate in two workshops including “Chomp,” through which players will explore strategy, solve cases, and learn interesting facts about combinatorial game theory, all while exploring the act of eating a chocolate bar. Participants will also play Connect the Dots, through which they will experiment and find patterns based on the interplay between arithmetic and geometry that arises when connecting dots in a circle. This half-day program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. A light snack and museum admission are included.
Lawrence Hall of Science – Berkeley, California
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Become a scientist for the day: examine real animals’ brains, and learn which parts are responsible for processing sensory information, enabling thought, and controlling bodily functions. CTYers and their families will delve right into the world of engineering by designing, building and testing Artbots, LEGO’s art-making robots. During a frosty, foggy, and bubbly workshop, dry ice will inspire participants to create their own investigations—which will end with a bang when the instructor conducts tests on a variety of gases. This program begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.
UMBC Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology – Baltimore, Maryland
Saturday, June 24, 2017
NASA’s Beginning Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) educators will bring the principles of engineering to life during this day filled with hands-on workshops. Participants will learn to think like engineers by taking a project through the design, building and testing phases, and learning how to land and safely operate a spacecraft on another planet. CTYers and their families will also get to make their own Martian Rover, “land” it on “Mars,” and take it home. This program begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included.
Mount St. Helens Institute – Toutle, Washington
Saturday, July 22 - Sunday, July 23, 2017
The name “volcano” comes from the name Vulcan, a god of fire in Roman mythology. During this overnight adventure, participants will experience the Mount St. Helens volcano at night and learn about the ever-changing landscape and fascinating geological discoveries. CTYers and their families will engage in hands-on scientific activities and enjoy evening activities such as a night hike and/or interactive talks with educators to deepen their understanding of the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic landscapes, natural processes, and cultural past. They will also visit the Johnson Ridge Observatory where monitoring of this active volcano is ongoing. This “campout” in the Coldwater Visitor Center offers spectacular views of the crater and lava dome. This overnight program begins around 2 p.m. Saturday and ends around 11 a.m. Sunday. Dinner, a light breakfast and sack lunch are included. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as they will be sleeping in bunk beds.