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Family Programs for Grades 2-6

Our imaginative and interactive 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.
 

Featured Program

drawing for a space robot, view of Mars from the Rover, systems components, heat maps

Space Engineering – A CTY Family Education Series

Join us for this exciting new CTY Family Education Series, a much-needed opportunity for families of bright students to get to know one another while learning together. Over four sessions held once a month this fall, participants will explore space engineering. They’ll create their own rover to land on “Mars,” taking a project through its entire lifespan—from designing and building to testing and implementation. They’ll experience thinking like engineers and explore questions such as “What is engineering design?” and “How do engineers use the engineering design process to prep for complex projects such as a space mission?” Parents and children will learn together by completing hands-on work in small groups. In addition, parents will attend seminars on topics that may include supporting gifted students, the emotional needs of gifted students, and monitoring social media. Families will complete the program with a new support network for families with gifted students, great memories, and project presentations to share with relatives and friends.

Note: This program will run from 1-4 p.m. on the designated dates. It is designed as a series and requires attendance for all four dates. Families may not enroll for single dates, and there are no refunds for missed dates. Make up dates will be scheduled if there are weather cancellations.

Speyer Legacy School – New York, New York
Day Program (four-day series), Grades 2-4

green-arrow Session 1 of 4: Sunday, September 29, 2019
green-arrow Session 2 of 4: Sunday, October 13, 2019
green-arrow Session 3 of 4: Sunday, November 17, 2019
green-arrow Session 4 of 4: Sunday, December 8, 2019

Cost: $1,500 per family (only one student and one adult may attend)

Space is limited. The registration deadline for this new series is September 17, 2019

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Programs for Grades 2-4


Wonders of Mathematics

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) – New York, New York
Day Program, Grades 2-4
green-arrow Saturday, October 5, 2019

Join CTY at the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) for a program that will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of math in two captivating workshops:

Count on Sight — Learn new and exciting ways of seeing numbers! In this workshop, participants will discover the magic of prime numbers by creating their own methods of perception with visual representations, and develop the mathemagical ability to calculate the number of dots in a pattern without even having to count.

Factors and Traps — Do you like games? Come play with us! Participants will try their hand at a variety of fun number and math-based games and puzzles, exploring mathematical concepts through play that most students don’t learn about until they’re in college.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. A light snack and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $140 per person
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Coding and Problem Solving: Surviving Worst Case Scenarios

The Franklin Institute – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Day Program, Grades 2-4
green-arrow Sunday, October 27, 2019

What do robots and disaster survival skills have in common? Find out in this exciting day-long program at The Franklin Institute! Through hands-on activities and engaging discussions, participants will learn about computer coding and command logic using small robots called Ozobots, design and test a flight device to safely transport a 3-D designed object, and tour the new exhibit The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience, where they’ll use problem solving skills and teamwork to navigate a series of interactive survival scenarios. The program concludes with a screening of the new IMAX movie Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation. These programs are designed for each grade level. This program begins at 9 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. A $12 lunch voucher and museum admission are included.

Cost: $140 per person
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Archaeology of Ancient Rome and Greece

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Day Program, Grades 2-4
green-arrow Saturday, November 2, 2019

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 will begin around 9 a.m. and end around 2:30 p.m. Lunch and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $135 per person
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The View at the Zoo

Maryland Zoo – Baltimore, Maryland
Day Program, Grades 2-4
green-arrow Saturday, November 16, 2019

What makes a zoo a happy and healthy place for its animals? It starts with a well-designed, carefully maintained facility that meets the physical and psychological needs of the animals and helps visitors appreciate their natural behaviors. Participants in this program get to see and learn about the many magnificent animals that live in the Maryland Zoo; they can also use their creativity and scientific skills to design an animal exhibit. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 2:30 p.m. Lunch and zoo admission are included.

Cost: $115 per person
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The Science of Speed

San Diego Air & Space Museum – San Diego, California
Day Program, Grades 2-4
green-arrow Sunday, November 17, 2019

Join CTY for a day of family-friendly engineering challenges! Ever wish your car could fly? Build and test your own flying car during a Fly Your Ride workshop. Create and test your own BattleBots in the Pavilion of Fight. Explore the Museum while testing your engineering skills at unique building stations specifically created for CTY: Space Lander Challenge and Glider Builders. Look inside the actual Apollo 9 space module as you explore SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure, a new educational, interactive exhibition which explores mankind’s quest for the stars and explains how space exploration impacts our daily lives. At the end of the day, take part in a secret mission which involves a mystery reentry payload drop! This program will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Lunch and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $140 per person
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Astronomy Adventure

Chabot Space and Science Center – Oakland, CA
Overnight Program, Grades 2-4
green-arrow Saturday, December 28 to Sunday, December 29, 2019

Explore the universe and your place in it during this action-packed overnight experience at the Chabot Space and Science Center! This program will take you from Earth into the vast celestial unknown through workshops, activities, exhibits, and telescopes. After viewing the state-of-the-art full dome Planetarium Show, go outside and discover constellations and other objects of the night sky using one of the largest telescopes in the country. Join us for a truly out-of-this-world overnight adventure! This program is an overnight. It will begin around 5 p.m. on Saturday and end around 10 a.m. on Sunday. It includes dinner, a snack, and breakfast. You will need to bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as you will be sleeping on the floor of the Center.

Cost: $195 per person
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Programs for Grades 5-7

Adventures in Cooking

Home Cooking New York – New York, New York
Day Program, Grades 5-7
green-arrow Saturday, September 21, 2019 - CLOSED, Add me to the wait list

Interested in the science of cooking and eating? Join one of the chefs from Home Cooking New York culinary school in this food adventure like no other. Our chef will guide CTYers and their families through Union Square’s famous outdoor Greenmarket to learn what foods are in season and how to select the best of the best. We will then go to the Home Cooking New York’s Manhattan cooking school where we will use ingredients we bought to prepare a fresh and delicious three-course meal. Afterwards, families will sit down together and enjoy the wonderful meal prepared by the CTY chefs. This nourishing program will provide an invaluable culinary education for students and parents, while teaching them to look at food in a whole new way. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 2 p.m.

Cost: $165 per person
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Science Under Sail

Living Classrooms Foundation at Masonville Cove – Baltimore, Maryland
Day Program, Grades 5-7
green-arrow Sunday, October 6, 2019

Participants learn about urban environmental issues through this distinctive program held jointly at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Campus (MCEEC) and aboard the traditional Chesapeake Bay skipjack Sigsbee. At MCEEC, families use the microscope lab to dissect Eastern oysters and learn about their role as a keystone species in the Chesapeake Bay. Families also learn the unique history of Masonville, including how humans have impacted the local environment. Then participants board the Sigsbee, where they raise and lower the sails, navigate and steer the boat, trawl for estuarine life, measure water quality including dissolved oxygen and salinity, and get a close-up view of the Port of Baltimore. This program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person
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Wonders of Ancient China

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Day Program, Grades 5-7
green-arrow Sunday, October 13, 2019

Travel back through centuries of time and explore priceless artifacts from the many dynasties of ancient China, including writings on oracle bones, Buddhist artwork, and sculpture from early Chinese tombs and temples. Through engaging activities and discussions, participants will learn about the techniques archaeologists use to determine an artifact’s age, try their hand at the art of writing with Chinese characters, and compete in teams to create large timeline scrolls and see which team can place objects correctly in time the fastest. This program will begin around 9 a.m. and end around 3p.m. Lunch and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $135 per person
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Spy Games

International Spy Museum – Washington, D.C.
Overnight Program, Grades 5-7
green-arrow Saturday, October 19 to Sunday, October 20, 2019

The museum doors have been locked for the night. Behind the shadows, a group of exclusive recruits stand ready to begin a night of top-secret spy training. CTYers and their families will perfect their alias and cover story, check in at “Border Patrol,” and prepare for a night of intrigue and adventure. They will begin their mission by assuming a secret identity and gathering intelligence using real spy skills. During the night, students will transform themselves through disguise; make and break secret codes; interrogate real spies; and hunt for a mole in their ranks. Meanwhile, the adults will be busy with their own clandestine mission, the details of which are too sensitive to reveal. As day breaks, enemy agents will be exposed in a dramatic finale. This program begins around 6 p.m. Saturday and ends around 10 a.m. Sunday. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as they will be sleeping on the museum floor. A sandwich dinner, SPY snacks, light breakfast, and admission to the Museum on Sunday are included.

Cost: $195 per person
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Lunar Engineering and Science

Fleet Science Center – San Diego, California
Day Program, Grade 5-7
green-arrow Saturday, November 2, 2019

Join CTY and Fleet Science Center’s resident astronomer Dr. Lisa Will for an expedition to Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor, the Moon. Through lively discussions and activities, participants will become space engineers for a day—examining the latest lunar research, designing, building, and launching their own rocket, and creating and testing a space shuttle parachute system to see if their shuttle can survive a rapid descent into Earth’s atmosphere. This program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.

Cost: $135 per person
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Coding and Problem Solving: Surviving Worst Case Scenarios

The Franklin Institute – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Day Program, Grades 5-7
green-arrow Sunday, November 3, 2019

What do robots and disaster survival skills have in common? Find out in this exciting day-long program at The Franklin Institute! Through hands-on activities and engaging discussions, participants will learn about computer coding and command logic using small robots called Ozobots, design and test a flight device to safely transport a 3-D designed object, and tour the new exhibit The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience, where they’ll use problem solving skills and teamwork to navigate a series of interactive survival scenarios. The program concludes with a screening of the new IMAX movie Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation. These programs are designed for each grade level. This program begins at 9 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. A $12 lunch voucher and museum admission are included.

Cost: $140 per person
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Magic at the Met

Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, New York
Day Program, Grades 5-7
green-arrow Tuesday, November 5, 2019
green-arrow Monday, November 11, 2019

Families see the Metropolitan Museum of Art through a magical lens with this tour inspired by the Harry Potter series. Participants see part of an actual castle and signage that could have come right from Diagon Alley! Educational guides take students and their families through games and other activities to connect them with these popular fantasy books. Brush up on your wizarding knowledge, and feel free to wear wizarding gear for this program co-hosted by Fable & Lark, an innovative, educational organization that conducts storied adventures. This program begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m. The cost of the program includes museum admission and a $25 "express coupon" to use in the museum’s cafeteria.

Cost: $155 per person
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Aquarium Overnight

The National Aquarium – Baltimore, Maryland
Overnight Program, Grades 5-7
green-arrow Saturday, November 23 to Sunday, November 24, 2019

Ever wonder what happens at the National Aquarium when the sun goes down and the doors are closed to the public? This truly unique overnight adventure gives CTY families access to fascinating areas inside the aquarium with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, workshops and interactive discussions with aquarium experts, and a closer look at some of the aquarium’s animals. Participants gain an appreciation for what it takes to care for more than 17,000 animals who live there. This program is an overnight. It begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and ends at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. It includes dinner, a light breakfast, and admission to the aquarium on Sunday. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as they will sleep on the floor of the aquarium.

Cost: $195 per person
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Explorations in Science: Celestial Mechanics

Lawrence Hall of Science – Berkeley, California
Day Program, Grades 5-7
green-arrow Saturday, December 7, 2019

Join CTY at the Lawrence Hall of Science for an out-of-this-world exploration of astronomy, chemistry, engineering, and the physical world. Through hands-on experiments, activities, and discussions, participants will dive deep into intersections between the laws of motion and gravitation, systems of planets and moons, the solar system, and our galaxy, and employ engineering practices to determine the roles of force and motion in the design of moving mechanisms. This program will begin around 10 a.m. and end around 4 p.m. Lunch and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $135 per person
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Mission to Phobos: Aerospace Engineering and Technology

Museum of Flight – Seattle, Washington
Day Program, Grades 5-7

green-arrow Sunday, December 8, 2019

Blast off into the exciting world of aerospace science, engineering, and technology at Seattle’s Museum of Flight! Guided by museum educators, families will embark on a fascinating virtual mission to Phobos, one of the moons of Mars. During their voyage, participants will discover the mission is in jeopardy due to a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Mars, and work together using the tools of aerospace engineers and scientists to handle the emergency and its aftermath. After saving the mission and safely returning to Earth, our hero engineers will study the effect of space flight on the human body, designing their own space-ready pressure suit and testing it in the Museum’s portable vacuum chamber. This program begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends around 2:30 p.m. Lunch, museum admission, and educational materials are included.

Cost: $135 per person
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