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Family Programs for Grades 7–12

Our interactive programs include all-day and overnight learning experiences for students and parents at prestigious museums, aquariums, and science centers. Program structure varies at each site, but every event includes hands-on activities during which families can learn and discover new interests together.

Featured Program

Discover the past with CTY at New York's oldest museum.

America's Industrial Past and Present

New York Historical Society – New York
Day Program, Grades 7–12
green-arrow Sunday, November 10, 2019

See New York’s oldest museum, the New York Historical Society, through a whole new lens. Designed exclusively for CTY families, this program invites participants to explore the U.S. Industrial Era and examine the impact its innovations have had on American society over time. Through engaging discussions and hands-on activities, participants will delve into the new machines and manufacturing processes of the Industrial Revolution, then use the modern, cutting-edge technologies of today to create their own robotics and circuitry. Families will also have the opportunity to experience “The Big Picture” gallery, an exhibit about American panoramas. This program will begin around 10 a.m. and end around 4 p.m. Lunch and museum admission are included.

Cost: $135 per person
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Programs for Grades 5–7

Aquarium Overnight

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

Stay overnight at the National Aquarium with CTY.

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 exclusive 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 begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and ends at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Dinner, a light breakfast, and admission to the aquarium are included. Participants should bring sleeping bags, mats, and pillows.

Cost: $195 per person
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Mission to Phobos: Aerospace Engineering and Technology

Museum of Flight – Seattle
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 Mars's moons. During their voyage, participants will find that the mission is in jeopardy due to a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Mars, and they'll 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 effects 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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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 realm. 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, employing 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 museum admission are included.

Cost: $135 per person
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Programs for Grades 7–12

Shocking Henries, Leaping Lizards, and Meandering Water Bears: Exploring Electromagnetism, Engineering, and Biology

Princeton University – Princeton, New Jersey
Day Program, Grades 7–10
green-arrow Saturday, November 16, 2019

Join us for an unforgettable day-long exploration of electromagnetism, engineering, and biology hosted by two renowned Princeton University professors. Through hands-on experiments and engaging lectures, participants will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Oersted’s discovery of electromagnetism by learning about units of electromagnetic inductance called henries, as well as delve into the many original and modern applications of electromagnetism. Later, families will investigate control strategies used by lizards and collective behavior in biology (the way birds flock and skin heals), putting what they’ve learned into practice by making mazes to trap tiny ‘water bears’ called Tardigrades.

Cost: $140 per person
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