Break Week Classes

Register now for December, February, and April Break Week Classes!

The Museum is offering onsite Break Week Classes for children in grades K–5. miSci science communicators will cover a variety of engaging STEAM-related topics. Class activities include exhibit guided tours, outdoor games, Planetarium shows, and science demonstrations.

Classes will be presented separately for students in grades K–2 (minimum age 5 years), and for students in grades 3–5. Students may register for a full week of classes, single full day classes, or single morning classes.

Full Weeks of Classes: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., fee $295
Single Full Day Classes: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. fee $59
Single Morning Classes: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., fee $40

 

DECEMBER 

All Aboard!
Monday, December 26, through Friday, December 30, 2022

Join us in celebrating the Museum’s annual Model Trains Show with our train and transportation-themed December Break Week for classes (for grades K–5).

Monday – Transportation and Communication
Activities include Morse Code, communication challenges and games, as well as the engineering and design of planes, trains, and boats.

Tuesday – Future Energy
Explore different types of energy from electricity to fusion, solar, and wind. Engineer your own hydro-powered device and test it against your friends’ designs.

Wednesday – Look Out the Window
Why does our world look the way it does? Learn about the giant glaciers that helped to form Schenectady County’s landmarks. See what New York looked like during the Ice Age and carve your own mountains.

Thursday – All Aboard! The Space Station
Explore themes related to life in space and participate in a mini space mission.

Friday – Winter Wonderland
Learn about nature in winter: snowflakes, glaciers, hibernation and more. Participate in a nature-themed scavenger hunt and feel what it’s like to have blubber.

 

FEBRUARY

From the Moon to Mars
Monday, February 20, through Friday, February 24, 2023

Participants learn all about planet Earth’s closest neighbor and Mars. Through hands-on experiments, young astronomers will experience and observe some of the effects of space travel on the human body while solving a series of challenges grounded in real science about living and doing research on the Moon and Mars.

Monday – Launch Training
How do astronauts prepare to launch into space? Learn about what scientists have discovered about the universe. Make a map of the solar system that can fit in your pocket!

Tuesday – Rockets and Rovers
What do engineers at NASA do? How do rockets and rovers arrive at their destination? Test different methods that make spaceships fly fast and land safely.

Wednesday – Train Like an Astronaut
How do you become an astronaut? Learn about the technology behind astronaut suits and what astronauts do to maintain their spaceships.

Thursday – Live and Work on the Moon and Mars
Discover what life and work in space is like. Mine asteroids, examine craters, and study the atmosphere of planets!

Friday – Moon Adventure Game
While working on the moon, astronauts face many challenges. Solve problems with your teammates to save the moon base in this exciting adventure game.

 

APRIL

Earth, Climate, Action!
Monday, April 10, through Friday, April 14, 2023

Learn about the ground we stand on, how it moves and how it is studied. Students will create their own clouds, harness the wind around us, and experiment with real solar panels. Discover the science of planetary life, explore bodies of water, evaluate how human actions can impact Earth’s climate and discover potential next steps for humankind.

Monday – Weather vs. Climate
Learn about greenhouse gases, Milankovitch cycles, seasons and more. How has our atmosphere changed on different time scales and what is a hockey stick curve, anyway?

Tuesday – Mapping and Geology
Dive into the history of planet earth and discover how scientists study our home in the solar system. Explore and create different types of maps and learn what a half-life is.

Wednesday – Melting Glaciers
Learn about ablation, albedo and more as we study all things related to ice and ice melt on planet earth, past, present, and future.

Thursday – Earth’s Dynamic Ecosystem
How do animals and plants play a role in the earth’s climate? How have living things changed in response to changing environments on earth? Answer these questions with a day of experiential learning.

Friday – Future Energy and Climate Action
Be the solution! Explore different types of energy from electricity to fusion, solar, and wind. Engineer your own hydro-powered device and test it against your friends’ designs.

 

Break Week Classes are available on a first come, first-served basis and registration is required. Register online or email reservations@misci.org during weekday business hours. Museum Members receive a 10% discount. All onsite programs follow CDC and state and local health guidelines. We encourage all students to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 and masks are strongly recommended.