English Language Learners

Student Opportunities

The MicroMuseum Program at the American Museum of Natural History

Open to: High school students (grades nine–twelve)

Application Deadline:  March 7, 2014

Event:  This course will be held from April 1 to May 28, 2014

This new program, the MicroMuseum, will teach students to better understand life at the microscopic level, including how it affects humans, animals, plants, and minerals.  Over the course of the program, participants will collaborate with AMNH microbial curator Susan Perkins and educational app developers, Rev-, to create a prototype of a mobile gaming experience that uses the Museum’s exhibit halls to help visitors view the world in a new way.  For more information, visit the American Museum of Natural History website or email the program; to register, click here.  

 

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The Saltz Internship Program at the American Museum of Natural History

Open to: High school students (ages 16–18)

Application Deadline:  March 21, 2014

Event:  This internship will be held from June 30 to August 18, 2014

Saltz Interns will “think like scientists” as they bring to life the scientific concepts of the Museum’s halls.  Participants will use hands-on interactives and technologies, including an infrared camera and digital USB microscopes, to guide visitors of all ages in investigations of artifacts and specimens.  Interns will meet Museum scientists, explore scientific content, learn valuable skills for working with and teaching learners of all ages, and have an impact on the experiences of thousands of Museum visitors.  Students receive a stipend and Metrocard for participating in this summer internship program.  For more information, visit the American Museum of Natural History website or email the program; to register, click here. 

 

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The Eco Rangers Middle School Institute at the American Museum of Natural History

Open to: Middle school students (grades six–eight)

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2014

Event:  This course will be held on five Sundays: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25, 2014

Becoming an Eco Ranger allows students to learn the tools and techniques conservation scientists use to gather information about endangered habitats, and explore the Museum’s biodiversity resources in the exhibit halls, genetics labs, and beyond. Participants will also head out into the field to explore the local environment and get hands-on experience collecting data. With the help of the institute’s eco-guides, Eco Rangers will develop a conservation plan based on their fieldwork.  For more information, visit the American Museum of Natural History website or email the program; to register, click here. 

 

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A Selection of After-School Programs being offered by the American Museum of Natural History

Open to: High school students (grades nine–twelve)

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2014

Event:  These courses will be held from April 28, 2014 to June 10, 2014

 

The Cosmic Perspective

Set the time machine for 14 billion years ago. In this course students will study the universe, from its earliest moments to the formation of galaxies, from stars that shine to the dark matter we know is lurking around every corner. Through hall explorations, hands-on activities, and visits with Museum scientists, participants will come to see that our universe is a dynamic place. Students may find themselves asking, the universe started with a bang, but how will it end?

Meeting times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Meeting dates: 4/28, 4/30, 5/5, 5/7, 5/12, 5/14, 5/19, 5/21, 5/28, 6/2, 6/4, and 6/9.

 

For more information, visit the American Museum of Natural History website or email the program; to register, click here. 

 

Our Concrete Jungle

Our participants will investigate NYC’s natural history from a pre-colonial Eden to concrete jungle, learn the skills of ecological research, and roam the Halls of the Museum (after hours!). Students will visit Central Park, Inwood Park, and the shores of the Hudson River to learn about the diversity of animals and plants living right on our doorstep. Participants will also discuss what is needed to improve our NYC environment as we debate current conservation issues, including climate change resilience, environmental justice, hydrofracking, and urban re-wilding. Students that register for this course should be willing and allowed to travel off AMNH premises for afternoon field trips. Dates to be decided by the first day of class.

Meeting times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Meeting dates: 4/29, 5/1, 5/6, 5/8, 5/13, 5/15, 5/20, 5/22, 5/27, 5/29, 6/3, and 6/10.

 

For more information, visit the American Museum of Natural History website or email the program; to register, click here. 

 

Digging up Our Past

In this course, students will learn what archaeology really means and how it shapes our past, present, and future.  With a special focus on the archaeology of New York City, each week will be devoted to a different aspect of archaeology, including field methods and analysis, the sub-disciplines of archaeology, archaeology and museums, and archaeology in the movies. Students will participate in several in-class hands-on projects so that they will have a better understanding of the concepts and practices behind archaeology.

Meeting times:  Fridays, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Meeting dates: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, and 6/6.

 

For more information, visit the American Museum of Natural History website or email the program; to register, click here. 

 

Footprints in Time

In this course, students will explore the evidence left behind by the many magnificent extinct organisms, focusing on ichnofossils, or trace fossils—the fossilized remains that indicate the behaviors of past life, such as track-ways and burrows frozen in rock.  Participants will use these to infer how these creatures lived and behaved by comparing them to currently living animals.  

Meeting times:  Fridays, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Meeting dates: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, and 6/6.

For more information, visit the American Museum of Natural History website or email the program; to register, click here. 

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STEM Project Showcase Fair / Opportunity for ELL Students
Open to:  Middle school students (grades six–eight)
Tentative event date: May 9, 2014
The Office of English Language Learners (ELLs) is organizing a middle school Science Project Showcase for English Language Learners.  The event, tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 9, 2014, will provide a congenial setting for ELL students to present and defend their scientific inquiry to science, math, and technology teachers, as well as to interested members of community based organizations and students from local colleges.  If you or your school have English Language Learners working on science, math, or technology projects who would be interested in presenting, please let us know by completing a pre-registration form; for questions regarding this event, please contact Miguel Cordero.