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Family Programs for Grades 7-12

Upcoming Programs

Holographic Microscopy

New York University – New York, New York

Grades 7-10

Saturday, September 8, 2018
An in-line holographic microscope uses laser illumination and a conventional video camera to record holograms of microscopic objects. Using techniques from computer vision to analyze the resulting stream of holograms yields astonishingly precise information about the positions and properties of particles. Participants in this exciting program build working holographic microscopes and use them to perform experiments on systems, including iridescent colloidal crystals, natural colloidal dispersions, and bacteria. The program offers a tutorial on holograms and computational holography, an introduction to high-power techniques of computer vision, and a hands-on clinic for precision measurements with home-made microscopes. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m.

Cost: $150 per person, Register now

Science Under Sail

Living Classrooms Foundation at Masonville Cove – Baltimore, Maryland

Grades 5-7

Sunday, September 16, 2018
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: $130 per person, Register now

Math in the Modern World

Claremont McKenna College – Claremont, California

Grades 7-10

Saturday, October 13, 2018
The origins of mathematics date back thousands of years, and yet modern mathematics still present difficult problems that researchers have yet to solve.

In this program, families learn about challenging mathematical questions applicable to the modern world such as number theory, probability, differential equations, algebraic topology and other areas typically not discovered in the school curriculum. Through breakout sessions, participants gain hands-on experience in the joys of mathematics. The program is hosted at Claremont McKenna College, a top-ranked liberal arts college in Southern California. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person, Register now

Security and Counterterrorism 

The Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at The University of Massachusetts, Lowell – Lowell, Massachusetts

Grades 7-12

Saturday, October 13, 2018
This program focuses on issues of working in security and counterterrorism, offering participants a glimpse into how—under high levels of uncertainty and high-stakes complexity—people work to counter the threat of terrorism and protect the public. Through a series of lectures from leading academics at the center, as well as immersive simulations, families learn about counterterrorism, radicalization, innovation, and creativity in terrorist organizations. Finally, families learn about high-stakes decision-making in counterterrorism operations and the ways in which these decisions can, and have, gone wrong. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person, Register now

Explorations in Science

Lawrence Hall of Science – Berkeley, California

Grades 5-7

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Participants in this hands-on program become scientists for the day through three fascinating workshops at Lawrence Hall of Science. Is there a way to make fans run more efficiently during a heat wave? CTYers and their families examine circuits and design ways to wire a building more effectively by transferring energy from its source to the fans. Then dry ice inspires us to create our own questions and investigations in a frosty, foggy, and bubbly workshop which ends with a bang! Later, through external explorations and dissection of a squid, families learn how these mysterious creatures swim, catch prey, eat, and emit ink to evade predators. 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, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Mesopotamia: Cradle of Civilization

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Grades 5-7

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Participants in this enlightening program take a “highlights tour” of the museum galleries to discover how the earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia gave rise to great cities not so different from our own. They also investigate the ancient Mesopotamian writing system by creating a cylinder seal, which served as the earliest known signature. They tour the museum’s Middle East Galleries, where they find other examples of ancient writing, and artifacts excavated by archaeologists that tell the story of daily life and royalty in Mesopotamia. Later families team up to work on a mock dig site, using both evidence and imagination to piece together the past and create a unique display of their archaeological findings. This program begins around 9 a.m. and end around 3 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.

Cost: $130 per person, Register now

Community and Public Health

Stevens Institute of Technology – Hoboken, New Jersey

Grades 7-10

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Ebola, TB, the flu, heart disease, cancer, dengue, zika, depression. Scientists, engineers, and medical professionals are diligently working to slow the progression of these and other 21st century health challenges. The Science & Technology Studies Program at Stevens Institute of Technology invites families to participate in lectures and role-playing exercises that help them experience how field epidemiologists track an infectious disease to its source, calm the public’s nerves during a dangerous outbreak as communications officers, and urge the World Health Organization to distribute vaccines during a crisis. This program examines the emerging field of global public health through the lenses of science, history, technology, anthropology, epidemiology, and humanitarianism. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person, Register now

Exploring Space and Engineering

Fleet Science Center – San Diego, California

Grade 5-7

Saturday, November 3, 2018
The Fleet Science Center’s resident astronomer begins this program with a discussion of the latest research on planet Mars. Then participants become space engineers as they design, build, and race their own Mars solar rovers. Participants investigate the famous landing of the Curiosity rover and create their own parachute system and test their designs to see if it helps an egg survive a fall from a high location. This program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.

Cost: $130 per person, Register now

Engineering Applications in Cardiovascular Medicine

The University of California, San Diego – La Jolla, California

Grades 7-10

Saturday, November 3, 2018
The lines between engineering and medicine are rapidly blurring. Life-saving medical devices such as stents and heart pumps, for example, are the result of interdisciplinary research between these two fields. This program focuses on mechanical and computational applications in biomechanics, from cells to tissues, and includes the design of biomedical devices and personalized medicine. The day includes lectures, hands-on lab activities, and demonstrations by faculty and graduate students who are leading current research in biological engineering. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person, Register now

Coding and Game Design

The Franklin Institute – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Grades 5-7

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Participants learn about block coding and command logic while animating Sphero robots. Then they design a maze and learn to code Sphero through it. Later, families take a workshop on coding and video game design, and learn to operate a user-friendly programming and circuitry device. They also build a video game controller and discover other programming involved in gaming. Participants are also invited to tour the museum’s new exhibit Vikings: Beyond the Legend, and journey back to when Vikings navigated the North Atlantic and sailed the seas in search of new lands and watch the new IMAX movie Vikings: Journey to the New Worlds. This program begins at 9 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m. A $12 lunch voucher and museum admission are included.   

Cost: $135 per person, Register now

Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Biomedical Research

National Institutes of Health – Bethesda, Maryland

Grades 7-10

Election Day - Tuesday, November 6, 2018
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

Exploring Mathematics

Cornell University – Ithaca, New York

Grades 7-12

Sunday, November 11, 2018
CTY and the Mathematics Department and Center for Applied Mathematics at Cornell University present an exciting exploration of mathematical ideas. A mathematics professor kicks off the seminar with an engaging discussion about real-life applications of queueing theory. In later breakout sessions, participants explore various mathematical ideas by playing games and solving puzzles. This program begins around 9:30 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person, Register now

Magic at the Met

Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, New York

Grades 5-7

Two dates!
Election Day - Tuesday, November 6 & Monday, November 12, 2018

Families see the Metropolitan Museum of Art through a magical lens with this tour inspired by the Harry Potter series that includes part of an actual castle and signage that could have come right from Diagon Alley. The exhibit uses games and other activities to connect kids and their families with these popular fantasy books. Brush up on your wizarding knowledge—and feel free to wear your wizarding gear for this program hosted by Fable & Lark, an innovative, educational organization that conducts storied adventures. This program begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. The cost of the program includes museum admission and a $25 “express coupon” to use in the museum’s cafeteria.

Cost: $150 per person

The Fundamentals of Electromagnetism

Princeton University – Princeton, New Jersey

Grades 7-10

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Joseph Henry, a physics professor at Princeton in the 1830s, was one of the most important—but lesser-known—American scientists. Henry’s electromagnetism research included producing movement using a rocking-beam electromagnetic motor and inventing the form of the electromagnetic transformer we know today. Applications of electricity for information networks, power networks, and energy conversion all derive from this remarkable individual. Participants of this program discuss Henry’s contributions to science and explore his work through several hands-on electricity and magnetism workshops. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person, Register now

The Environment and Public Health

Columbia University – New York, New York

Grades 7-10

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Hosted by Columbia’s Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan, this program focuses on the role of the environment in human health and disease. Exposure throughout life to various toxic chemicals found in the air, in our diet, and in consumer products are now known to impact our health. A keynote address by Dr. Joseph Graziano, professor of environmental health sciences, explores how exposure to arsenic in drinking water affects risk for development of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodevelopment. Later, four breakout sessions give participants the opportunity to explore in more detail the methods used to determine a person’s exposure to toxins. The sessions also show how environmental factors like air pollution increase asthma and neurologic diseases; how climate change is increasing disease; and the importance of environmental justice in developing fair solutions to these challenges. This program begins around 9:30 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person, Register now

Mathematical Inquiry

University of California, Los Angeles – Los Angeles, California

Grades 9-11

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Mathematics expresses itself in almost every aspect of life—in nature around us and in the technologies in our hands. As the language of science and engineering, mathematics is critically involved in much of humanity’s progress. The top-ranked UCLA Department of Mathematics invites you for an exciting day of inquiry and exploration guided by active research mathematicians and inspiring instructors. We begin with a keynote address by Dr. Arthur Benjamin, a Harvey Mudd College professor of mathematics and magician, who combines his two passions to create a dynamic presentation called “Mathemagics.” Families then hear a variety of presentations on topics in pure and applied mathematics, and participate in problem-solving contests and mathematical games. The day concludes with a panel of professionals discussing mathematics-related careers. This program begins around 9:30 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $135 per person, Register now

Hubble’s Universe: Images and Discoveries

Space Telescope Science Institute – Baltimore, Maryland

Grades 7-10

Date TBD
Families explore the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of the Hubble Space Telescope, for an informative, entertaining, and mind-blowing day of cosmic investigations. Hubble astrophysicists talk to participants about their discoveries, which have yielded astounding imagery, acclaimed educational materials, scientific data, new technologies, and even Hollywood computer graphics. Guided by experts, families examine new worlds within our solar system as well as orbiting distant stars. This program begins around 9 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $140 per person. Send us an email and we will notify you when the date is confirmed.


Overnight Programs

Aquarium Overnight

The National Aquarium – Baltimore, Maryland

Grades 5-7

Dates TBD
What happens at the National Aquarium when the sun goes down and the doors are closed to the public? Join us for this unique overnight adventure designed especially for CTY families which allows access to all corners of the aquarium. Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, engage in workshops and interactive discussions with aquarium experts, and get up-close and personal with sea creatures. During an expert-led journey, you’ll see exactly what goes into caring for more than 17,000 creatures 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: $205 per person. Send us an email and we will notify you when the date is confirmed.


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