Museum is offering day camp, coding classes
The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology is offering plenty of fun science opportunities during spring break, including a day camp, two-hour coding classes, and the chance to see toothpick engineer Stan Munro at work on a new skyscraper.
The MOST’s February break week camp was so successful that the museum is holding another session during April break week, April 17 to 21. Expedition MOST II: A Journey through Science will include the same program as the February camp: Students will explore a different STEM topic each day by taking an expedition to a different part of the museum. The camp is designed for students ages 6 through 12 and will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“What parents like about our camps, aside from the pricing, is that they are staffed by science educators,” said Lauren Kochian, executive vice president at the MOST. “And by keeping the camps small, we have a great ratio of staff to children.”
The cost is $200 for MOST members and children who have attended previous camps. Each additional child from the same family costs $125. Nonmembers pay $225 for the first child, and $150 for each additional child from the same family.
Camp size is limited to 20 and registration closes April 7. For more information, link to the MOST’s website at most.org/learn/
The MOST is offering coding classes, courtesy of the Microsoft store, on April 18 and 19. The classes are free with general admission to the MOST. The class is aimed at children up to age 13 of all abilities; no previous coding experience is required.
The classes feature an interactive Minecraft tutorial that teaches students essential problem-solving skills they can use in their everyday lives. Attendees will tackle basic programming concepts such as randomness, entities, sequencing, loops, and events to program Minecraft mobs how to behave.
Four two-hour classes will be offered:
Each class is limited to 15 students. The parent, legal guardian or authorized adult caregiver of every participant must sign a waiver prior to the class for the child to participate, and that adult must remain in the museum for the duration of the class.
Every day from April 14 to 23, MOST educators will offer hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to noon, all Earth-themed, covering such topics as composting, sustainability, and ecology.
Also during break week, toothpick engineer Stan Munro will be working on his latest project, Tokyo Skytree. The broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower is the tallest tower in the world at 2,080 feet (634 meters) and the second tallest structure after the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Munro will be available for questions in his work area, in the upper IMAX lobby, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day of break week, except for Easter Sunday.
In addition, the Rothschild Apothecary will be open every day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. for a half hour; staff will give 15-minute science demonstrations at noon and 2:30 p.m.; and the planetarium will open for presentations at 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.
For more information, including hours and prices, see our website at most.org.