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Digital Universe Flight School

Imagine creating your very own Space Show and seeing it presented in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. That's the exciting experience ahead for middle school students who participate in the American Museum of Natural History's Digital Universe Flight School.Over the course of one week during the summer or school-year break, incoming 6th-, 7th-, 8th-, and 9th-grade students can discover how to navigate to planets in our solar system and beyond using the Museum's Digital Universe Atlas, a three-dimensional, scientifically accurate map of the cosmos. They also learn about how the atlas is built from data gathered by scientists around the world. As a final project, Digital Universe Flight School students use sophisticated gaming laptops to create a digital tour to their favorite spot of the universe, which is shown in a special evening program in the Hayden Planetarium—a fantastic finish to a unique learning experience.Visit to learn more about Digital Universe Flight School and how to apply: Museum's Youth Initiatives are generously supported by the leadership contribution of the New York Life Foundation.
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