UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — With in-person summer camps and typical summer plans put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Museum of Natural History is stepping up to offer online programs for kids.
The historic museum on the Upper West Side of Manhattan recently launched a wide-range of thought-provoking online summer science camps for children between the second and ninth grade.
The online activities will include virtual hall visits, guest scientist talks, behind-the-scenes tours, and live-animal encounters. Additionally, there will be offline hands-on science projects, games, and crafts.
The camps will take place starting on July 27 and run until Sept. 2, ranging from $175 to $500 in price.
You can sign up for any of the online summer camps on the museum’s website.
Here are the different programs you can choose from:
Keys to the Kingdoms of Life
Session 1: Monday, July 27 — Friday, July 31
Session 2: Monday, August 10 — Friday, August 14
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“Take a tour of the kingdom of living things as we look at the incredible diversity of life on our planet, past, and present. Explore the adaptations that allow life to occupy every corner of Earth, from the deepest seas to the driest deserts,” reads a description of the online camp provided by the American Museum of Natural History.
Session 1: Monday, August 3 — Friday, August 7
Session 2: Monday, August 17 — Friday, August 21
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“The Earth is a dynamic, sometimes unpredictable planet. Explore evidence of how Earth’s forces have shaped our planet, from the deepest ocean trenches to the highest volcanic peaks, then take a trip to space to see how these same forces forged our celestial neighbors,” reads a description of the online camp provided by the American Museum of Natural History.
What’s Written In A Rock
Session 1: Monday, July 27–Friday, July 31
Session 2: Monday, August 10- Friday, August 14
Time: 10 am-2 pm
“Find out how the same forces that forged our planet preserve its past as we dig deep into geologic time and examine evidence of Earth’s dynamism. Explore the intersection of paleontology, geology, and astronomy as we focus on fossils, the rock cycle, and planetary collisions,” reads a description of the online camp provided by the American Museum of Natural History.
Session 1: Monday, August 3–Friday, August 7
Session 2: Monday, August 17–Friday, August 21
Time: 10 am-2 pm
“Every organism on Earth is related—from carnivorous plants and metamorphosing insects to fungi spores and the towering Tyrannosaurus rex—even you! Follow the thread that connects all living things as we celebrate biodiversity and investigate how biologists build our understanding of the tree of life,” reads a description of the online camp provided by the American Museum of Natural History.
Coding Climate Change
Session 1: Tuesday, August 4-Thursday, August 13
Session 2: Tuesday, August 18-Thursday, August 27
Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
“No prior coding experience is necessary! Global temperatures this past decade have been the hottest ever recorded. As our planet continues to warm, climate scientists are analyzing datasets and building computer models to understand which factors are driving the climate change we observe. Coding Climate Change explores the intersection of climate science and computer science, and students will acquire skills in the popular coding language Python as a means for interpreting NASA Earth Observatory climate data,” reads a description of the online camp provided by the American Museum of Natural History.
Our Place In Space
Session 1: Tuesday, Sept. 1 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Wednesday, Sept. 2 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
“Discover the planets, moons, and other objects that make up our solar system like you’ve never seen them before! Using our planetarium software OpenSpace, students will voyage through the cosmos to visualize real NASA mission data to view Martian landscapes, the moons of Jupiter, and much more. We’ll also highlight specific spacecraft that provide the data and set the stage for the future of space exploration,” reads a description of the online camp provided by the American Museum of Natural History.
This article originally appeared on the Upper West Side Patch