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Family Programs for Grades 7-12

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.

One Day Programs

Magic at the Met

Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, New York

Grades 5-7

Monday, February 18, 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 at 3& p.m. A $25 “express coupon” for lunch in the museum’s cafeteria and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $155 per person. CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Solving Tough Issues in International Relations

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Grades 5-7

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Participants in this action-packed program work together to save a country torn between competing factions and on the brink of collapse. Acting as representatives of groups within the fictional dissolving country of Pakavia, families learn to practice diplomacy and critical reasoning to redraw the country’s borders and negotiate a peaceful solution. Further reinforcing key concepts in world politics, CTY staff lead interactive workshops on critical reading, argument and negotiation, and international relations theory and practice. A breakout session for parents includes strategies for continuing to engage students in thinking about the world. Participants leave the program with greater confidence and applicable skills for tackling tough issues in global politics. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person. Register now

Inside the Brain

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Grades 7-10

Saturday, March 2, 2019
The Johns Hopkins University Neuroscience Program invites families to spend a day learning about the complex and fascinating nervous system, its structure, and the vital connections between the brain and the body. Through hands-on experiments, sheep-brain dissections, and presentations from experts in the field, participants gain a better understanding of the nervous system’s role in sustaining life in the body and producing thoughts within the brain. Families work in state-of-the-art laboratories alongside world-renowned Johns Hopkins faculty and students. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $140 per person. Register now

Business Leadership

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School – Baltimore, Maryland

Grades 7-10

Saturday, March 9, 2019
In today's world of big data and technology, humans’ ability to innovate and develop new business ideas is greater than ever. But once an idea presents itself, how do we make it a reality? Many good businesses start with one key element: the pitch. This workshop, hosted by the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, focuses on the school’s unique approach to developing business leaders while providing hands-on practice in bringing a business to life. Participants hear from experts in five key areas that provide a foundation for any successful business: ethics, communication, finance, leadership, and marketing. Using what they've learned, participants spend the afternoon working in teams to develop a new business idea and an elevator pitch for a panel of judges. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $140 per person. Register now

Architectural Design and Modeling in Action

National Building Museum – Washington, D.C.

Grades 7-10

Sunday, March 10, 2019
CTY families become architects for a day by participating in a dynamic and exciting architectural experience, a “charrette”—an intense, timed, collaborative session that real architects use to quickly generate solutions to design problems. Working in small groups, participants take part in drawing and planning sessions, and practice basic model-making skills while designing a solution to a building problem. Throughout the process, museum staff and mentors provide feedback on participants’ designs. At the end of the day, participants share their design solutions with the group. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $130 per person. Register now

Solving Tough Issues in International Relations

Hong Kong University – Hong Kong, China

Ages 10-13

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Participants in this action-packed program work together to save a country torn between competing factions and on the brink of collapse. Acting as representatives of groups within the fictional dissolving country of Pakavia, CTYers and their families learn to practice diplomacy and critical reasoning to redraw the country’s borders and negotiate a peaceful solution. Further reinforcing key concepts in world politics, CTY staff lead interactive workshops on critical reading, argument and negotiation, and international relations theory and practice. A breakout session for parents includes strategies for continuing to engage students in thinking about the world. Participants leave the program with greater confidence and applicable skills for tackling tough issues in global politics. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 US DOLLARS per person. Register now

Nanoscience

The University of Connecticut – Storrs, Connecticut

Grades 7-10

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Nanomaterials play an essential role in the technology of microelectronics, implantable biomedical devices, catalysts, and renewable energy. The University of Connecticut’s Chemistry Department, Chemical Engineering Department, and Institute of Materials Science invite families to learn about how nanomaterials—such as quantum dots, nanoparticles, protein complexes, grapheme, and carbon nanotubes—are made, characterized, and processed. Participants learn about fundamental concepts in nanoscience and nanotechnology through a combination of lively talks and hands-on activities in a state-of-the-art facility. They also make their own gold nanoparticles and enzyme assemblies, examine the physical properties of nanostructures using microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, use solvent exfoliation to obtain pristine grapheme sheets, and print carbon nanotubes into 3-D structures to take home. UConn faculty and graduate students demonstrate aspects of their latest research projects and talk about what it is like to be a scientist. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends between 3 and 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person. Register now

Behind the Curtain

New York City Center – New York, New York

Grades 5-7

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Families take a guided tour of the spectacular New York City Center building, participate in a theater workshop, and watch a live performance of the sophisticated 1930s musical I Married an Angel during this interactive program. Director-Choreographer Joshua Bergasse has created new dances to the old tunes for his wife, New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns; among them is the beloved standard "Spring is Here," along with lesser-known Rodgers and Hart gems. Following the morning activities, participants see a matinee of the show and then get the chance to chat with its stars. This program generates an appreciation of the performing arts and helps participants develop a creative voice. The program begins around 9:30 a.m. and ends around 4:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $155 per person. Register now

Coding and Design Workshop

Liberty Science Center – Jersey City, New Jersey

Grades 5-7

Saturday, April 6, 2019
CTYers experience project-based learning and develop critical-thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills through this hands-on, science-based program at Liberty Science Center. In the Innovation Lab, students use Sonic Pi, a live music-coding environment, to compose their own songs. They learn basic coding structure, errors, syntax, and music concepts as they write their own simple program. In the MakerLab, participants try to find out if humans can overcome the harsh environment in order to live on Mars one day. They design a habitat for life on Mars based on a topographic map which resembles a real Martian location. Participants 3D-print a model of their Martian home to keep, and then top off this exciting day with a film in the Planetarium Theater. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. A $10 lunch voucher and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $130 per person. Register now

Mathematics in the World

Brown University – Providence, Rhode Island

Grades 7-10

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Brown University invites families to spend the day exploring mathematical theories and their applications. Areas of discussion may include combinatorics, cryptography, dynamical systems, number theory, probability, statistics, topology, and applications in biology and neuroscience. CTYers also learn about the benefits of studying mathematics and the range of careers that mathematicians pursue. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $140 per person. Register now

The Hunt for Mythical Creatures

Fable & Lark at the American Museum of Natural History – New York, New York

Grades 5-7

Monday, April 22, 2019
Join CTY and Fable & Lark, an innovative educational organization, for this unique experience that takes families on an interactive scavenger hunt inside the American Museum of Natural History. Participants travel though the museum’s galleries and use clues, crafts, questions, and activities to examine some of the animals that inspired the Fantastic Beasts series and other great mythical creatures of our time. The program begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Lunch and admission to the museum are included.

Cost: $155 per person. Register now

Be a Senator

Edward M. Kennedy Institute – Boston, Massachusetts

Grades 7-10

April 28, 2019
Families become senators for the day and work to craft legislation in the institute’s full-scale replica of the U.S. Senate Chamber. Using the Senate Immersion Module, families learn about representation and the legislative process by deliberating, negotiating, debating, and voting on a bill they create. CTYers learn about the history and traditions of the Senate and visit a replica of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s Washington, D.C. office. Students debate an active piece of legislation in committee; parents tour exhibits and then join students for the bill’s conclusion on the Senate floor. This program educates families about the important role of the Senate in our government, encourages participatory democracy, and inspires them to engage in the civic life of their communities. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 2:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $130 per person. Register now

Inside the U.S. Senate

Edward M. Kennedy Institute – Boston, Massachusetts

Grades 5-7

April 28, 2019
This program takes CTY families inside reproductions of Senator Kennedy’s office and the state Senate Chamber to experience how a bill becomes a law. After learning about an active piece of legislation being considered by the real Senate in Washington, D.C., participants make a statement on the Senate floor, declare their position, and attempt to persuade fellow Senators to vote for their position. In the process, families learn about participatory democracy and the important role of the Senate in our government; many families leave inspired to engage in the civic life of their own communities. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 2 p.m. Lunch and admission are included.

Cost: $130 per person. Register now

Ready, Set, Build!

National Building Museum – Washington, D.C.

Grades 5-7

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Design is a combination of science, math, art, language, and history that engineers, architects, and city planners use to identify solutions to society’s problems. Good design is about creating solutions to these problems; it can be fun, serious, and challenging all at once. In this hands-on program, participants learn about the design of disaster shelters, and then create their own. CTYers create a shelter to protect a team of scientists from an imaginary zombie attack, construct a 6½-by-13-foot geodesic dome, and work as a team to design a shelter fit for an earthquake’s aftermath. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $130 per person. Register now

Chemistry Revolution

Boston College – Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Grades 7-10

Sunday, May 5, 2019
Fundamental advances in chemistry—the central science bridging the physical and life sciences—are rapidly revolutionizing how we think about and treat diseases, how we power our planet, and how we interact with the world. Participants in this CTY program at Boston College learn about cutting-edge technologies developed to address the major scientific challenges of our time through hands-on workshops, lectures from leading researchers, and tours of state-of-the-art laboratories. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person. Register now

Materials Discovery in Engineering and Science

University of California, Irvine – Irvine, California

Grades 7-11

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Many technological devices are limited by the materials from which they are made. New discoveries in the interdisciplinary field of materials science concerning nanomaterials and bio-inspired materials have enabled scientific advances that were thought to be impossible only a few short years ago. The University of California, Irvine and CTY invite you to a day of materials exploration during which families will enjoy lectures, tours of state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and workshops led by UC Irvine faculty and students. Areas of discussion include biomimetic materials, nanomaterials for energy applications, modeling and simulation of self-assembly, micro-architectured materials, antibacterial surface structures, nanoscale metallurgy, microfluidic films, and carbon-based nanotechnology. Join us for a day of materials discovery. This program begins around 9:30 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person. Register now

Environmental Health

NYU School of Medicine Department of Environmental Medicine and Sterling Forest State Park – Tuxedo, New York

Grades 5-7

Sunday, June 9, 2019
CTYers and their families don a lab coat and become a scientist for a day, conducting a DNA experiment under the guidance of a leading genetic toxicologist; extracting DNA from strawberries with common kitchen items; determining how clean our air is and how much air our lungs can hold; learning how to drill for oil; and more toxicology and environmental health activities. Participants take a pond walk and an iron mine tour with an experienced park ranger who helps identify the many species of aquatic life and abundant variety of plants, animals, and birds in the forest. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 5 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $150 per person. Register now

Space Engineering

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland 

Grades 5-7

Sunday, June 16, 2019
Participants learn the principles of engineering and how to think like engineers during a day filled with hands-on workshops at Johns Hopkins University. Families take a project through its entire lifespan—from designing to building and testing, and even create their own rover and land it on “Mars.” This program begins at 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $140 per person. Register now

Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Research

National Institutes of Health – Bethesda, Maryland

Grades 7-10

Monday, June 24, 2019
Join us for a day of scientific inquiry at the National Institutes of Health. Co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the National Human Genome Research Institute, this program features lectures given by leading experts in genetics, bioinformatics and biomedical research. Students participate in hands-on activities and parents tour the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine collection. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $140 per person. Register now

Overnight Programs

Underwater Adventures

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium – Sarasota, Florida

Grades 5-7

Sunday, April 14 to Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Families dive right in to the amazing and diverse underwater world at this renowned aquarium and research laboratory, home to unique ocean animals that thrive in Florida’s diverse marine ecosystems, a dolphin and whale hospital, and a sea turtle rehabilitation center. CTYers solve a marine mammal mystery and participate in field experiences such as kayaking through a mangrove forest and collecting marine specimens in Sarasota Bay; meeting some resident animals and their trainers through exclusive tours of the aquarium; and more. Whether exploring the bay aboard a private charter or gaining a deeper understanding of fish anatomy while dissecting an invasive lionfish, families are guaranteed to have fun and learn lots during this exciting program.

Please note: Some meals are provided during the program. Hotel reservations and transportation are not included in the cost of this program. More detailed information will be available upon registration.

Cost: $565 per person. Register now

A Night at the Museum

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History – New Haven, Connecticut

Grades 5-7

Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Participants get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s paleontology, entomology, and botany departments during this program filled with fascinating workshops and discoveries. Families learn how fossil preparators extract dinosaur bones from the surrounding matrix, and meet other Yale scientists to learn how their research is helping us understand the evolutionary history of life on Earth. This overnight program begins around 5 p.m. on Saturday and ends around 11 a.m. on Sunday. Dinner, a snack, and light breakfast are included. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as they will be sleeping on the museum floor.

Cost: $185 per person. Register now

Volcano Campout

Mount St. Helens Institute – Toutle, Washington

Grades 5-7

Saturday, August 3 to Sunday, August 4, 2019
Participants in this overnight adventure experience a volcano at night while learning about the ever-changing landscape of Mount St. Helens and the fascinating geological discoveries underway there. CTYers and their families engage in hands-on scientific activities including an evening hike and interactive discussions with educators about the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic landscapes, natural processes, and cultural past. Trek in the Blast Zone area and marvel at the dramatic views of the volcano, the Pumice Plain, and Spirit Lake. This campout in the Science and Learning Center offers spectacular views of the crater and lava dome. This program begins around 2 p.m. Saturday and ends around noon on Sunday. It includes dinner and a continental breakfast and lunch. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows as they will be sleeping in bunk beds. Detailed information will be available upon registration.

Cost: $205 per person. Register now

 

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