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.
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.