Student Contest and Fairs

Student Contest and Fairs

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2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301, United States
(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)
(603) 271-7832

Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center. 

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model rocket launchFor a list of the upcoming Teacher Workshops, visit our calendar.Download the 2013-2014 Educator’s Guide to the Universe (4.7MB pdf format) Professional Development Targeting NH State Science Frameworks and NECAP assessment, the topics of our professional development workshops will assist you in your efforts to be well informed with content knowledge and practically equipped to teach these required topics.Professional development workshops are offered on the third Wednesday of the month in November 2013 and January, March, and May 2014 from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. The workshop fee is $100. You may bring your own bagged lunch or purchase a lunch at NHTI. Graduate credit is available through Plymouth State University for an additional $185 per credit plus a $30 one-time per term registration fee.
professional development Workshops at your location: You can also arrange for us to offer any of the current workshops at a location of your choosing in a single session or spread across multiple sessions. Offsite workshops require a minimum of 5 enrolled participants, plus mileag


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Teen Programs

The Discovery Center hosts a variety of Programs and Workshops that are designed just for Teens age 13 to 19!  Asides from all the offerings including a visit to center, we have programs that are going to stimulate your mind the world of space exploration that is sure to educational and fun! 

Astronomy Bowl

The Astronomy Bowl is a statewide competition for high school students to compete by answering questions about constellations, planets, stars, and other objects projected in the Discovery Center’s state-of-the-art planetarium. The awards and scholarship money are formally presented during our Aerospacefest event. The winners will also receive special recognition at the State House from the Governor and the members of the Executive Council. Learn how to participate in the next Astronomy Bowl!

Space Camp Scholarships

Apply to Fly! Learn more about this fabulous program that honors the life of Alex Higgins by providing New Hampshire children the opportunity to attend Space Camp.


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American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York City, NY, United States


The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.

The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

The Education Department creates learning opportunities for learners of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, at the Museum, at home, in school, and in the community.

Teachers and students can take advantage of the exciting programs and offerings throughout the year. Plan your visit to the Museum. Parents can explore resources at home and in the community.

Educator & Teacher Programs

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Summer Programs for Teachers


Common Core Aligned Workshops

Workshops in this series focus on providing teachers with tools to deepen science content and make connections to Common Core reading and writing standards.

NYC Staff Development


Workshops, Institutes, and Courses

Opportunities for teachers at the Museum.

Educator Evening


Educators’ Evenings

Exhibition openings with curator introductions and relevant resources.

Seminars On Science


Seminars On Science – Online Graduate Courses for Teachers

Seminars on Science offers a series of fully online professional development courses.



Urban Advantage

Program designed to support NYC middle school student investigations.

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Blended Courses and Workshops – Online and Onsite

In each of these courses, teachers will spend time reading, reflecting and interacting in an online environment, but will also spend some time at AMNH doing hands-on work.

Graduate and Undergraduate Programs


Graduate and Undergraduate Courses

Programs available for graduate credit, offering in partnership with NYC universities and colleges.


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Internships for College and Graduate Students

Internships for museum, science, social science, and education professionals.

Museum Education and Employment Program


Museum Education and Employment Program

A unique and challenging summer employment experience for young adults ages 18-21.


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After-School Program


After School Program

Courses for NYC high school students interested in the sciences.

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Saltz Internship Program

Interact with Museum visitors as a high-school intern in the exhibition halls.

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Young Naturalist Awards

The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.

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YouthCaN: Youth Connecting and Networking

A youth-led organization that uses technology to inspire, connect and educate people worldwide about environmental issues.

SRMP Program


Science Research Mentoring Program

In-depth scientific research training for high school students.


College Fair

NYC high school students are invited to explore their future!


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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications.

Museum Pass for Educators

educator's pass for free admission to the Academy

Educators can visit the Academy for free! 
Download the Educator Museum Pass for free admission (with appropriate ID) to the Academy.

Educator & Student Programs

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A Head Start on Science

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A Head Start on Science is a partnership between the Academy, the Please Touch Museum and the School District of Philadelphia that provides 200 area preschool educators with hands-on training in inquiry science for the early childhood classroom. The program receives support from the Barra Foundation and PNC’s Grow Up Great with Science.

A Head Start on Science teachers participate in four workshops the first year, and three the following year. Over the two-year period, Academy educators will make five visits to each teacher’s classroom to model inquiry-based, science activities with students. Teachers also receive themed kits for their classrooms—from books to magnifying glasses to fossils! The year culminates in a special science day at the museum for students and their families.

For more information about this program, contact Tiffany Allen, Program Coordinator, at

A Head Start on Science Sponsors

The Barra Foundation, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization that primarily serves the five-county area of Greater Philadelphia. The Foundation’s principal focus is to make one-time and multi-year grants for innovative projects that aid in advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the fields of arts and culture, education, health and human services.

Grow Up Great with Science is PNC’s new initiative to help foster a foundation in science for area preschoolers at a time when many educators have sought increased emphasis on the discipline. A study by the National Research Council recognized that providing young children with research-based mathematics and science learning is likely to pay off with increased achievement, literacy and work skills in these critical areas. The investment made by the PNC Foundation to the Academy is one of 15 grants in seven states and the District of Columbia in celebration of the fifth anniversary of PNC Grow Up Great, the 10-year, $100 million investment in early childhood education.


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George Washington Carver Science Fair

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Every February and March, 800 to 1,000 Philadelphia school children participate in the George Washington Carver Science Fair, which is sponsored jointly by Temple University, the Academy of Natural Sciences, The School District of Philadelphia, and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

The largest of its kind in the country, the fair provides opportunities for students to gain enriched learning experiences through scientific inquiry and discovery. It is open to all students in grades four through twelve who attend Philadelphia County public, charter, parochial and private schools, as well as to home schooled students residing in the county.

From the very beginning, The Academy of Natural Sciences has been an active partner of the George Washington Carver Science Fair. The fair has been held at the Academy since 1979, but due to growth in participation, grades seven through twelve are now held at Temple University. The Academy continues to house the elementary portion of the competition and its awards ceremony.

For information and dates to the George Washington Carver Science Fair please visit the Fair’s website at

WINS (Women in Natural Sciences)

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“WINS has been a big part of my life. It has provided me with new opportunities both academically and socially. I feel like part of a big family that inspires and encourages me to reach my personal goals.”

—Leronda Barker WINS student, 99-02′

What is WINS?

Women In Natural Sciences (WINS) is a free after-school and summer science enrichment program at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Since its founding in 1982, WINS has introduced hundreds of high school girls to future careers in science and other professions by providing hands-on science workshops, career and college exploration, and positive youth development.

WINS provides young women with the information, encouragement, and confidence they need to shape their futures. The program’s mentoring and support has resulted in 100% of WINS students graduating high school and over 96% attending college.

In addition to a strong emphasis on academics and science, WINS also provides a uniquely nurturing environment, a community of like-minded friends, and experiences not typically found in school.


WINS I begins in the summer after 8th grade with eight weeks of environmental exploration in and outside of the city. The summer concludes with an exciting weeklong trip to the Poconos where the girls get a chance to apply the knowledge and skills obtained throughout the summer.

During the school year, weekly workshops and monthly field trips give the girls the opportunity to be directly involved with the scientists, collections, and resources of the Academy. The program culminates in a seashore camping trip. (See WINS I for more information.)


Once students have successfully completed WINS I, they have the opportunity to participate in the second phase, WINS II, which helps them to prepare for their academic and professional futures.

Though the program still continues to focus on science, college, career exploration and positive youth development activities provide the girls with a well-rounded experience. Along with a variety of monthly workshops and day-long field trips, the girls will visit Philadelphia-area colleges and take an extended tour of schools outside the area. (See WINS II for more information.)

How do you apply?

If you, or someone you know, is a promising eighth grade girl with a B average or better, and who plans to attend a Philadelphia public or charter high school, see How to Apply for more information. The nomination period is from January 1 to February 15.


Original funding for Women In Natural Sciences was provided by the Charles E. Ellis Grant and Scholarship Fund. Funding for 2012-13 has come from:

  • BNY Mellon Wealth Management
  • CIGNA Corporation
  • Citizens Bank
  • Charles E. Ellis Grant and Scholarship Fund
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • The Grace S. and W. Linton Nelson Foundation
  • Mr. and Mrs. Raj L. Gupta and the UJALA Foundation
  • Hamilton Family Foundation
  • Hoxie Harrison Smith Foundation
  • The Lenfest Foundation
  • Merck & Co.
  • Mr. and Mrs. A. Morris Williams Jr.

If you would like to learn how you can support WINS, please contact Linda V. Ellsworth, Director of Foundation Relations, at 215-299-1045 or


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