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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

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. CLOSED, Add me to the wait list

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. CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

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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