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.
National Building Museum – Washington, D.C.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Become an architect and a city planner during a day full of activities and adventures at the National Building Museum. Examine the professions that build the world around us by participating in hands-on challenges. Ask a real architect questions about what the job entails, and then join a group of fellow CTYers in learning to think, draw, and build like an architect. Transform yourself into a problem-solving city planner as you work with your group to design and construct a model city out of recycled building materials. While solving problems that face modern cities, explore how to balance the needs and interest of different citizens in the city. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included.
San Diego Air & Space Museum – San Diego, California
Sunday, November 5, 2017
In this interactive journey, CTYers and their families discover the solar system with the help of virtual astronauts and land on multiple worlds, including the moon, Mars, Jupiter, and asteroids. Participants start off by taking a special guided tour of the museum’s Restoration Area, the hidden world of propellers and engines, tools and drafting tables used to facilitate flight. They learn about the four forces of flight by building and flying foam and balsa gliders with adjustable tail and wing positions. Then families explore the new exhibit Be the Astronaut! where they launch a rocket, pilot a spaceship, and drive a rover in space. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology –
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Participants spend the day at the Penn Museum exploring the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. CTYers and their families dive into the daily life of elite Romans by examining artifacts on display in the galleries, including mosaics, portraitures, architecture, and childhood toys. Then they work as a team to piece together one giant mosaic comprised of over 4,000 tesserae. In the process, discover the artistry of Roman mosaics and how archaeologists excavate and study these ancient works of art. Afterward, the group takes a close look at coins in the Greece gallery, learns about who used them, and discovers the meaning behind the people, symbols, and mythical animals featured on them. Participants also get the chance to design their own coins. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 2:30 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.
Museum of Flight – Seattle, Washington
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Explore aviation science, history, and technology in the museum’s Great Gallery under the guidance of a museum docent. CTY families learn about past and current achievements of robots in space, on Earth, and in the home, and then build their own extraterrestrial rover. Experience a virtual mission to Mars in the Challenger Learning Center. In this mission, participants travel to Mars to replace the crew of astronauts that has been manning the base for the past two years. In addition to landing on the planet, each team collects and analyzes geologic samples and launches exploratory probes to the two moons of Mars. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.