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Odyssey Series

Our Odyssey Series offers CTY students in grades 7-10 the chance to explore the liberal arts and expression through art, literature, history, philosophy, and political science.

The Day
The typical Odyssey program runs from approximately 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The series includes overnight and extended programs.

Upcoming Programs

Architectural Design and Modeling in Action

National Building Museum – Washington, D.C.

Sunday, September 24, 2017
CTY families become architects for a day by participating in a dynamic and exciting architectural experience, a “charrette”—an intense, timed, collaborative session that architects use to quickly generate solutions to design problems. Working in small groups, families 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: $115 per person, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Be a Senator

Edward M. Kennedy Institute – Boston, Massachusetts

Sunday, October 1, 2017
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 9:30 a.m. and ends around 2 p.m. Lunch is included

Cost: $110 per person, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Adventures in Cooking

Home Cooking New York – New York, New York

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Interested in the science of cooking and eating? Join one of the chefs from Home Cooking New York culinary school in this food adventure like no other. Our chef will guide CTYers and their families through Union Square’s famous outdoor Greenmarket to learn what foods are in season and how to select the best of the best. We will then go to the Home Cooking New York’s Manhattan cooking school where we will use ingredients we bought to prepare a fresh and delicious three-course meal. Afterwards, families will sit down together and enjoy the wonderful meal prepared by the CTY chefs. This nourishing program will provide an invaluable culinary education for students and parents, while teaching them to look at food in a whole new way. This program begins around 11 a.m. and ends around 3 p.m.

Cost: $150 per person, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry Writing Seminar

Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, Maryland

Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 2017 
Join CTY for a weekend of interactive writing workshops. This program includes breakout sessions, a keynote address from a published author, and in-depth classes on the craft of writing led by full-time CTY staff. Families craft characters, settings, and diction; draft new creative works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; engage in critical workshops; and share their revised works at a closing session. Workshops build foundational skills for newer writers and develop the advanced skills of more experienced participants, and at the end of the weekend, participants leave with portfolios they can add to for years to come. This two-day program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch and snacks are included.         

Cost: $175 per person, CLOSEDAdd me to the wait list

Unearth Your Inner Anthropologist

Hearst Museum of Anthropology – Berkeley, California

Saturday, December 2, 2017
CTY families cultivate their inner anthropologists by exploring what objects can tell us about ourselves and about other cultures and civilizations. The Hearst Museum of Anthropology collection contains 3.8 million objects from around the world and spanning millennia. CTY families visit the exhibit People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World, and explore what it means to be a maker. They learn how archaeologists acquire, store, and care for the objects in the museum’s collections. Our purpose is to encourage young learners to see the world from a new perspective, and use anthropologists’ tools to think critically about the world’s people and cultures. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person, Register now

Clues from the Past

New York Historical Society – New York, New York

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Spend the day touring the unrivaled painting and artifact collections at New York’s oldest museum. Families view New York Story, a moving multimedia film that traces New York’s rise from a remote trading outpost to a city at the center of the world. They also explore the groundbreaking exhibition The Vietnam War, which incorporates a wide range of perspectives covering the home front and battle front using enlightening accounts of the causes, progression, and impacts of the war. Then participants scour the building in a scavenger hunt for art and artifacts that hold secrets to the past. This program begins around 10 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Cost: $115 per person, Register now


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