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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

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. CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

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

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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