This program provides an opportunity for high school students to experience a collegiate academic setting and earn credits which may then be transferred to the college of their choice following high school graduation. Qualified New Haven high school juniors and seniors, who have been selected by their schools, enroll in Yale academic courses at no cost.
Students and faculty from the Yale School of Medicine help teach anatomy and physiology lessons to Hill Regional Career High School students in New Haven. Juniors enrolled in anatomy and physiology courses visit the Yale Medical School Anatomy Lab twice per month. Activities range from learning about anatomy from dissected cadavers, to practicing aspects of physical exams and ultrasounds.
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library inspires engagement with the past, in the present, for the future. One of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, it is Yale University’s principal repository of literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The exhibition hall is free and open to the public daily, with the Gutenberg Bible and Audubon’s Birds of America on permanent view along with special exhibitions.
For students in grades 8-12, Yale’s annual Brain Bee is a free neuroscience competition that tests students’ understanding how the brain functions. Competing students can flex their brain knowledge to win prizes as groups or as individuals. After the competition, students interact with Yale neuroscience majors and hear neuroscience talks from Yale faculty.
More than 60 languages are spoken in the city of New Haven alone. Bridges provides free small-group or one-on one English tutoring to immigrants and visiting internationals in the New Haven community. Classes taught by Yale undergraduates are held Saturday mornings at the Asian American Cultural Center at Yale.
Camp Kesem at Yale supports children and youth in the greater Connecticut community whose families have been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Kesem’s mission is to support children through and beyond a parent’s cancer. This camp experience has a lasting impact on youth by providing them with a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence, and allows them to just be kids for one week of the year.
Cancer Research Opportunities for Youth (CROY) provides Yale Pathways to Science high school students with hands-on experience, mentoring, and collaboration within the cancer research pipeline. Participating students identity with a group underrepresented in science. These laboratory internships embed students within research teams engaged in all aspects of cancer research.
Yale’s partnerships with Celentano School and Bishop Woods School are designed to supplement the schools’ efforts in implementing biotech, health, architecture, and design magnet themes.
Citizens Thinkers Writers is a two-week summer residential program for students from New Haven public schools who are interested in exploring fundamental human questions in a college setting. In small seminars led by Yale professors and lecturers, students gain invaluable experience in close reading, analytic writing, and college-level discussion.
Code Haven is an undergraduate student organization at Yale University dedicated to introducing students to computer science at a young age. Every week, Yale students teach computing lessons at middle schools in the New Haven district, engaging students with online lessons, group activities, and classroom-wide demonstrations.
TeachTech is Code Haven’s one-day conference for middle and high school teachers interested in incorporating computer science into their classrooms. Teachers learn about computer science fundamentals, how to demonstrate these concepts to students in an engaging way, and basic software that they can implement in their classrooms to make CS more appealing to students.
The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments acquires, preserves, and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present, and showcases restored examples in demonstrations and live performances. It is a renowned research collection and a world-class museum that engages the public in the fascinating history of musical instruments through exhibits, publications, concerts, and outreach initiatives.
Community Health Educators develop and teach discussion based workshops that span the topics of communication, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, nutrition, drug use, relationships, and abuse. These sessions empower teenagers with the skills, self respect, and knowledge needed to make healthy decisions about their bodies and their futures.
Yale’s partnership with Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School aims to enrich the artistic and educational experiences for Co-Op High School students and faculty by developing meaningful collaborations between the Yale and Co-Op communities. The partnership is supported by various stakeholders including the Beinecke Library, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, and Dwight Hall at Yale.
Hosted by Graduate Student Women Engineers, Connecticut Students Exploring Engineering Day (CT SEED) is an introduction to engineering for students from across Connecticut. Students are invited to Yale’s campus for a day of hands-on engineering activities and panel discussions. Parents are also invited to join for an information session about supporting their children’s’ interest in STEM careers.
Named in honor of the father of modern neurosurgery, Yale graduate Dr. Harvey Cushing, this exhibit includes more than 450 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, surgical illustrations, personal diaries, photographs of patients & pathology slides, memorabilia and 22 discovery drawers to explore. The Cushing Center offers weekly tours of the collection and is open to the public.
Yale undergraduate student volunteers teach weekly science classes at eight local New Haven elementary schools, using demonstrations and hands-on activities to teach basic science principles. The Demos group also leads StarLab, which presents basic astronomy in a mobile planetarium at a number of events on campus.
In collaboration with the Council on Middle East Studies and Yale Pathways to Arts & Humanities, these interactive workshops occur twice each semester and are open to all students and families. Past workshops have explored youth movements in Iran through music, colonization in Algiers through film, and the politics of museum curation.
Each semester, educators from the New Haven area are invited to an afternoon of food and culture sponsored by the Yale Council on Middle East Studies and Yale Pathways to Arts & Humanities. Past workshops have included photography and exploration of Kurdish culture, and “(Almost) Everything You Wanted to Know about Afghanistan but Were Afraid to Ask”.
Design for America (DFA) is a national organization with chapters in universities throughout the country. Made up of a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students, DFA teaches design concepts through hands-on projects that aim to improve the New Haven community.
At Dining with the Dramat, Pathways to Arts & Humanities students join members of the Yale Dramatic Association for an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into theater production. Students engage in conversations with actors, technicians, and directors as they discuss their current musical productions and receive free tickets to each performance.
Discovery to Cure exposes students to laboratory research and promotes interest in science and medicine. Rising high school seniors spend six weeks working in a laboratory with a scientist learning research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, RTPCR, and electron microscopy. Since its inception in 2003, over 260 high school students, undergraduates and high school teachers have successfully completed the program.
Students in the Public School Internship Program serve in a critical role as liaisons between a New Haven public school and the Yale community by strengthening current volunteer efforts and finding new ways to match resources at Yale with the needs of each school. Interns provide resources such as tutoring, classroom assistants for teachers, and special programming to enrich current classroom lessons.
The East Rock Record is a school newspaper produced by 30 student reporters in grades 3–8 at East Rock Community & Cultural Studies Magnet School. Students work with Yale mentors to brainstorm, prepare, and write stories of interest to the school community. Two editions of the newspaper are published each academic year, with 3,200 copies printed and distributed throughout New Haven.
At Engineering Explo, GradSWE (Graduate Student Women Engineers) invites Pathways middle school students to discover the marvels of engineering. At this fair-like event, students and families grab a “passport” and explore mechanical, electrical, biomedical, chemical, and environmental engineering through hands-on activities and demonstrations.
EECO is Yale’s first student organization dedicated solely to promoting environmental education in the wider New Haven community. EECO develops and implements place-based environmental curriculum in collaboration with New Haven schools. EECO is exploring new ways to expose students we work with to environmental curriculum, such as conducting field trips and implementing nature-based projects in participating schools.
The Yale Peabody EVOLUTIONS Program (EVOking Learning & Understanding Through Investigations Of the Natural Sciences) engages high school students in informal learning and provides work opportunities. Students spend at least one day per week after school learning about science, preparing for college, developing job skills, and making new friends.
Hill Regional Career and Amistad high school students— assisted by local companies, Yale students, and volunteers—design, assemble, and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams. The program demonstrates to students the fun and competitive spirit that can exist in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Flipped Science Fair, hosted by Yale Science Diplomats, flips the traditional science fair format on its head: middle school student judges evaluate graduate students and post docs presenting their current research. Middle school students learn about cutting-edge research from real Yale scientists in a small-group setting, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and participate in hands-on demonstrations.
Yale Funbotics is a seven-session workshop where Pathways middle school students build robots in teams with guidance from Yale College students. The series is designed to teach core engineering skills, team building, critical thinking, and problem solving while having fun. At the end of the program, students and their newly-built robotic creations face-off in a cone-stacking competition.
Girls’ Science Investigations is a program that empowers girls in science by giving them both guidance and hands-on experience. On four Saturdays throughout the year, GSI runs theme-based programs for middle school girls to encourage them to pursue careers in science. Yale professors and students teach the programs, conduct demonstrations, and lead the girls in hands-on activities in laboratory environments.
GradSWE at Yale is part of the Society of Women Engineers, an international organization committed to promoting women in engineering. Together with Pathways to Science, GradSWE runs numerous Engineering Days for middle and high school students throughout the year. The goal of Engineering Day is to show attendees that learning a new skill to a level that lets them build a real robot or conduct a true scientific experiment does not need to be intimidating.
Green Careers, Women Leaders is an annual day-long conference for high school girls hosted by graduate students at the Yale School of the Environment. Students have the chance to interact with entrepreneurs and leaders from the fields of renewable energy, clean water, sustainable food, health and wellness, urban planning, ecology, environmental justice, and architecture.
Have Bones, Will Travel is a program offered to elementary, middle, and high schools in New Haven. The program aims to foster science enthusiasm and interest in the nursing profession. Volunteers from the Yale School of Nursing teach students about the marvels of human anatomy through engaging hands-on activities while emphasizing the importance of decisions that can affect their long-term health.
HPREP aims to provide students with the skills and necessary resources to succeed in the college-application process by providing instructional classroom sessions, workshops, and one-on-one meetings. By the end of the program, each student will have drafted and edited their first college essay and successfully completed a health-related research project and oral presentation.
Hear Your Song is an undergraduate organization that gives hospitalized children— or children in long term care—the chance to become songwriters and to hear their songs recorded. Hear Your Song works with children in nearby medical pediatric facilities to write original songs, which Yale College musicians arrange, record, and share with the patients and their families.
Hemispheres, a program of the Yale International Relations Association, brings over 60 students in grades 8–12 from New Haven public schools to Yale’s campus every week to explore topics in international affairs and develop their analytical, creative, and critical thinking skills.
The Heritage Theater Ensemble, Yale’s premier Black undergraduate drama group, hosts fun theater workshops for Pathways to Arts & Humanities students. During these workshops, students engage in theater exercises, play interactive games, and hone their improvisational skills.
The Yale partnership with Hill Regional Career High School provides students access to Yale classes, laboratories, and structured internships. In addition to the Anatomy Teaching Program, the Yale Simulation Academy invites students to the state-of-the-art Center for Medical Simulation to practice hands-on medical treatments.
The Yale Partnership with James Hillhouse High School supports the Pre-AP program by providing students with academic enrichment opportunities run by Yale faculty and students. During the academic year, Yale supports Hillhouse’s Learning Enrichment Center with virtual tutoring to support to AP students in English, Literature, and Composition.
At this event, Pathways students and families are invited to an exclusive tour and hands-on workshop at the Beinecke Library. Librarians and staff hand-pick highlights from the Beinecke’s extensive collection to share with the group. Students and family members are free to touch and explore maps, texts, and other archival materials.
The J.M. Bolin Program at Yale is an academic and cultural enrichment program designed to provide New Haven high school students with an opportunity to develop study skills and reflect on readings drawn from both African and African-American studies. The program also promotes college seminar-style discussions and networking skills, and exposes local students to the work of Yale professors and students to create a stronger connection with the New Haven community.
J-ZAMP, a program operated through Dwight Hall at Yale, connects Yale undergraduates to New Haven Public School middle school students in a long-term relationship. As first-year college students, Yale students are selected to devote their sophomore, junior, and senior years to working with students beginning in grade 6 and ending with middle school graduation. Focus areas include math, reading, and enrichment.
The Julia Robinson Math Festival inspires students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative and creative problem-solving. At the festival, students choose from more than a dozen tables where volunteers guide students through a set of intriguing math problems and puzzles, supporting students as they work together.
Latin in Schools is a new after-school program led by Yale graduate students in the Department of Classics and Yale College undergraduate volunteers. Students in grades 4-6 learn basic Latin vocabulary while engaging in games, art projects, and other hands-on activities.
The Leitner Observatory and Planetarium is a facility of the Yale Department of Astronomy. The planetarium is used to teach astronomy concepts to undergraduate classes, to support astronomy programs at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and to present planetarium shows to the general public.
The LHC Masterclass pairs high school students in grades 11 – 12 with Yale Physicists to explore actual physics analysis on real data collected at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. The event features lectures on particle and nuclear physics, hands-on coding experience, and a live video connection to the CERN control room with young scientists around the world.
Sitting on eight acres, with impressive diversity of plant collections in six greenhouses and outdoor gardens, Marsh Botanical Garden (MBG) offers support for researchers, faculty, and students at Yale, as well as an informative and inspirational experience for visitors. MBG also hosts educational tours of collections and the monthly “Green Café.”
The Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project is a collaborative teaching program that sends law students into local public high schools to teach constitutional law. Participants in this student-run organization also have the opportunity to coach their students in a national moot-court competition, the first round of which is run by the Yale chapter in New Haven.
Math Mornings is a series of lectures and demonstrations aimed at bringing the joy and variety of mathematics to students and their families. Speakers from Yale and elsewhere talk about aspects of mathematics that they find fascinating or useful. Students and families are invited to play math games and then attend engaging talks about mathematical concepts.
MATHCOUNTS outreach at Yale brings math programming to local students by having Yale students lead weekly after-school sessions. Yale coaches use applied and creative problems to inspire students to see math as an exciting and ever-present part of the world, to reinforce the topics that they are learning in school, and to prepare students for a district-wide competition in the spring.
Medical Mornings is a lecture series hosted by the Yale Department of Medicine Diversity Committee. Each event is designed for families and involves a lecture by a Yale Medical School professor and hands-on health-related demonstrations by Yale medical students and organizations. Hands-on demonstrations include healthy and unhealthy pig lung specimens, blood pressure kits, and more.
MedSci is an undergraduate organization that educates New Haven students about interesting and useful health skills through a scientific lens. MedSci introduces elementary students to higher level biological concepts by using health examples they can relate to, such as fevers and allergies. The program is free for participants and is currently available in the New Haven area.
MOSAIC (Minds on Society, Arts, Ideas and Culture), is a lecture series that offers students the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking discussions with Yale professors and interactive workshops with graduate students. Past topics include “Utopia: Imagine a Perfect City” and “Seeing the Familiar in New Ways: What is Public Humanities?” All MOSAIC events are free and open to the public.
All-City Ensembles provide tuition-free rehearsal and performance opportunities for students beyond the activities they have in their schools. The All-City band, choir, and string ensembles are led by a collaborative team of Teaching Artists from the Yale School of Music and music educators from New Haven public schools. In addition to large ensemble rehearsals, students work with Teaching Artists in small-group workshops to develop technique and musicianship.
The Music in Schools Initiative is an active partnership between the Yale School of Music and New Haven public schools. Each year, graduate-student teaching artists from the Yale School of Music are placed in more than two dozen public schools throughout New Haven. Teaching artists teach sectionals, ensembles, private lessons, and other activities.
The Morse Summer Music Academy is a free music program for intermediate and advanced music students in the band, choir, and/or orchestra programs in the New Haven public schools. Over the course of four weeks, students are taught and mentored by a team of music educators from the New Haven public schools and Teaching Artists from the Yale School of Music.
The Symposium on Music in Schools is held once every two years at the Yale School of Music as part of the Music in Schools Initiative. This invitational “working symposium” brings together national leaders for three days of intense discussion on pressing issues surrounding music education in public schools. The symposium also honors outstanding music educators and teaching artists with the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award.
The North American Computational Linguistics Open Competition (NACLO) is a contest in which students solve linguistics puzzles drawn from a variety of languages. In doing so, they learn about the diversity and consistency of language and exercise their logical skills. Each year, the Yale Linguistics Department offers four training sessions, led by Yale undergraduate students under the supervision of a faculty member.
Yale is a founding and primary sponsor of New Haven Promise, which offers scholarships and paid internships for New Haven residents who are graduates of New Haven public schools and selected charter schools. Students meeting certain achievement, attendance, community service, and disciplinary requirements are eligible for up to full tuition for in-state public colleges or a partial scholarship for in-state private colleges. Yale University contributes $4 million annually to provide Promise scholarships to New Haven graduates.
New Haven REACH is a Yale undergraduate organization that was founded by graduates of Wilbur Cross High School. This student-run organization seeks to provide the information and support necessary for New Haven youth to access the higher education best suited to their dreams, potential, and ambitions. New Haven REACH offers personalized mentoring services to help students with college applications and beyond.
New Haven Reads distributes more than 100,000 free books to individuals, families, teachers, and organizations each year, in addition to providing free weekly tutoring for more than 500 students from the New Haven area. The organization is operated out of a Yale-donated space adjacent to campus. Additionally, Yale sponsors up to 20 tutors every year to ensure that every student can receive at least one hour of one-on-one instruction each week with a dedicated tutor.
The annual New Haven Science Fair offers mentoring for students and professional development for teachers on investigative hands-on science-fair projects that promote scientific skills and research communication. More than 8,000 New Haven students and 43 schools participate annually, utilizing more than 160 volunteers for mentoring and judging. Yale community members make up over 80% of the judges and mentors in the program.
The New Haven Urban Debate League (UDL) promotes debate and public-speaking skills in New Haven public schools. Coaches work weekly with teams in 18 New Haven public middle and high schools, focusing on a different topic each month. Students learn the rules of parliamentary debate and compete in regular district-wide tournaments held on Yale’s campus. Students also have the opportunity to travel outside of New Haven for tournaments.
New Voices in Theater is a playwriting program hosted by graduate students at the Yale School of Drama and Yale Pathways to Arts & Humanities. Over the course of eight months, dedicated students from New Haven area high schools participate in workshops, watch performances, and learn from professionals in the theater industry.
The Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Center (NEWT) is a multi-university collaboration that aims to make the production of clean water more sustainable and cost effective. Yale graduate students involved with the center host an annual event that brings Pathways students to campus to learn how scientists utilize nanotechnology to enhance water-treatment methods.
Yale Open Labs is a group of scientists interested in sharing their science with others. They host an event called Science Café where students get to learn about exciting new research at Yale from the scientists doing the work. Presenters give a short engaging talk about their work and students get to meet scientists from all over campus in Q&A and interactive demonstrations.
PALS is a tutoring and mentoring group that allows Yale students to develop one-on-one relationships with children from the New Haven area. At PALS, mentors make learning fun through educational games and interactive activities that develop the children’s content knowledge and skills.
During this Pathways event, bones take center stage. Students are introduced to the science behind human evolution and forensic anthropology through a series of hands-on exploratory demonstrations with real human bones and fossil casts. Students learn the structure and function of the human skeleton and how markers of injury can be diagnosed and used for research or criminal investigations.
Brain Education Day is an annual neuroscience event for 100 students in Yale Pathways to Science. Students explore the brain with Yale’s top neuroscientists and students and learn brain anatomy through specimen dissection. Students also observe electrical signals from organisms, learn about modern neuroimaging techniques by visiting a mock fMRI scanner, and control a robotic claw using electrical activity produced by their own muscles.
Pathways high school students are invited to the Energy Sciences Institute at Yale’s West Campus to tour its state of-the-art laboratories and learn how science can solve contemporary energy challenges. At this event, students build their own batteries and learn how nanomaterials are used in battery production.
At Discover Chemistry Day, an annual event is hosted by graduate students in the Department of Chemistry, Pathways high school students take part in hands-on chemistry experiments that encourage inquiry, examination, and exploration. Students can work with a gas chromatographer, separate caffeine from tea, engage in simulations of receptor-binding molecules that give rise to our sense of smell, and much more.
At this event, Pathways students work with Yale graduate students in biology to build their own DIY microscopes. Together Pathways and graduate students explore cells, crystals, and everyday materials that students brought from home. After the event, students are able to keep the microscopes to continue the exploration at home.
Hosted by GradSWE, Engineering Days bring middle and high school students in Yale Pathways to Science to tour laboratories and try their hands at an engineering design-build. Past Engineering Days have included building an air-quality monitor, a bionic arm, and a self-watering garden.
The Environmental Science Café brings Pathways high school students to listen to short talks about new and exciting work at the Yale School of the Environment. Graduate students also provide hands-on workshops related to the café talks. Previous topics include how scientists use X-rays to study plant evolution, how to 3D print a flower, and how drones are used in forest management.
An annual event for Pathways middle school students, Exploring the Intersection of Physics, Engineering & Biology allows students to interact with Yale scientists working at the intersection of these fields. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, Pathways students learn how to build a balloon-powered car and watch demonstrations such as “Fluorescence: Glowing in Science” and “Viewing the Nanoscopic World.”
At this annual event, Pathways middle school students are invited to explore Yale’s beautiful urban farm. Students learn the science of farming, the importance of sustainability, and urban horticulture techniques.
At this annual event, Pathways students are invited to explore Yale’s incredible Marsh Botanical Gardens and Greenhouses to discover the importance of plants to life on earth. Students learn about plant diversity and evolution through hands-on science activities and close examination of diverse florae, including a vast array of carnivorous and desert plants.
Genetics Days bring Pathways middle and high school students to explore genetics in two full days of hands-on demonstrations, lab tours, mini-talks, and more. Students are guided by Yale faculty and students in activities that explore the science behind CRISPR, 23andme, GMOs, and model organisms.
Hosted by the Yale Pediatrics Residency, Pathways to Science students are invited to experience “a day in the life” of various health-career professionals, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and dentists. Each rotation includes an engaging activity related to the profession, as well as information about how to pursue a career in health sciences.
Aimed at increasing interest in ophthalmology, Pathways students are invited for a full day of hands-on learning about the eye. Students use software to “travel” into the eye, are trained on slit lamp machines, and try their hand at cow-eye dissection. This annual event is hosted by the Yale Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science.
Hosted by the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games and the play2PREVENT Lab, Pathways middle and high school students are invited to explore how video games can be used to change the way people think and act. Students learn how games are created, why they are important, and how doctors, mathematicians, and scientists use them for their jobs. Students also play games created by the play2PREVENT lab.
At Public Health Day, Pathways scholars are invited to explore the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of public health applications through interactive workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and discussions. Participants learn about cutting-edge research happening at the Yale School of Public Health and have lunch with current graduate students.
Pathways high school students are invited to discover the science of reproduction with Yale Medical School faculty. Students use microscopes to identify different cells of the reproductive tract, as well as learn the differences between human and other mammalian reproduction.
The Pathways Summer Scholars program brings 100 public high school students to study science for two weeks on Yale’s campus. Summer Scholars provides an intensive, hands-on science curriculum that emphasizes discovery, critical thinking, and problem solving. Rising seniors have the opportunity to live on campus during the program and engage in a variety of college-prep enrichment activities.
Pathways students are invited to visit Yale Manuscripts and Archives for an afternoon of archival research and digital curating. Students learn about the work of archivists and explore the extensive resources of Yale’s numerous libraries including scrapbooks and letters from late 19th-century Yale students and New Haven residents. After the workshop, students curate their own digital “exhibits” that are featured on the Pathways to Arts & Humanities Instagram page.
To celebrate the 300-year anniversary of Robinson Crusoe, Pathways students are invited to an afternoon of creative writing inspired by the infamous character and his adventures stranded on a deserted island. Students follow unique writing prompts and work closely with a Yale professor and a team of Yale graduate students to hone their creative writing skills.
At this event, Pathways students get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the brand-new Yale Center for Preservation and Conservation including the: Gates Conservation Lab, Exhibition Preparation Rooms, and the Photo Documentation Studio. Students also participate in a hands-on demonstration of the Traveling Scriptorium to learn about medieval pigments and book binding.
Pathways to Arts & Humanities welcomes New Haven public high school students to Yale’s campus for a wide array of arts and humanities programs and events. Programs include: MOSAIC, New Voices in Theater, WriteOutLoud, spoken word poetry workshops, library tours, and much more. Yale Pathways to Arts & Humanities explores how humans use literature, art, music, theater, history, and language to understand our connection to the world and to one another.
In this 3-part workshop, Pathways to Science high school students build simple air-quality monitors to track the concentration of ozone, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. The program includes a field trip to the Yale Coastal Field Station, an air-quality monitoring site, where students can deploy their monitors and learn about how researchers measure air pollution along the coast, as well as how the air quality in Connecticut compares to nearby states.
With an overarching goal to encourage and support promising young scholars to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, Yale Pathways to Science opens the door for middle and high school students to explore STEM at Yale University. The more than 1,800 Pathways students are considered the youngest members of Yale’s scientific community and are invited throughout the year to special events, academic lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities, summer programs, and research opportunities. Once accepted into the program, students are invited to attend more than 130 different programs and events annually through their high school graduation and beyond, choosing to participate in the opportunities that interest them most.
Pathways middle and high school students are invited to this annual festival at Yale West Campus for a full day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, student panels, science exploration games, and tours of the state of-the-art West Campus facilities. The event invites 150 Pathways students to explore Yale West Campus with the guidance of more than 50 Yale scientists and students. Past themes for the festival include “Colors & Dyes” and “The Science of Energy”.
Pathways students get a behind-the-scenes look at the Wright Laboratory and undertake hands-on activities that reveal how Wright Lab researchers can make the invisible visible. The Wright Lab has been transformed to house a unique combination of state-of-the-art research facilities and technical infrastructure and is advancing frontiers of physics through a broad research program in nuclear, particle, and astrophysics.
Each year, the Peabody Museum hosts several public events for the community, most notably the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice event in January and Fiesta Latina! in October. Though these programs will evolve with the Museum’s renovation, both events will continue to be free and open to the public. The Peabody Museum also sponsors numerous lectures and talks throughout the year.
Each year, the Peabody Museum provides educational programs on biology, paleontology, geology, ancient civilizations, and social studies to more than 25,000 students from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. During the Museum’s 3 year renovation, school programs will continue at Peabody’s Community Education Center located at Yale’s West Campus.
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History houses a diverse collection of 13 million objects that includes Egyptian mummies, samurai swords, and animals and plants from across the world. The museum’s paleontological collections rank among the most historically important fossil collections in the world. The Peabody also offers an increasing number of online programs and activities for all ages, and their online catalog houses digital images of more than 163,000 specimens, artifacts, and objects.
Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER) Summer Institute brings thirty K-12 teachers and community college educators to the Yale MacMillan Center for a three-day seminar. Participants leave the Institute with a robust bibliography, including visuals and other resources, for curriculum building in their classrooms.
Using an innovative videogames research program at the play2PREVENT and play4REAL Labs at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games as a platform, the ForAGirl program provides training and mentorship to summer program participants in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, medicine, and research. Scholars learn about serious and commercial game development, game intervention design and evaluation methods, data collection and analysis, and community engagement.
Refugee and Immigrant Student Education (RISE) is a Yale organization that seeks to connect and engage with New Haven’s refugee and immigrant communities. Tutors work with refugee and immigrant students in schools and homes each week to foster community and civic engagement. RISE also hosts monthly community events, including a picnic, spoken word poetry performances, and an annual multicultural festival.
Resonance is an annual event hosted by Yale Synapse that brings high school students to Yale’s campus for a day of hands-on demonstrations, presentations by Yale professors, and tours of Yale’s science facilities. Breaking away from traditional scientific teaching, Resonance presents science in a way that is applicable to students’ daily lives and future goals.
Sci.CORPS (Science Career Orientation & Readiness Program for Students) is a program open to students who have participated in the Yale Peabody EVOLUTIONS program for at least two years. After a period of training and community service, participants receive paid work experience as science interpreters at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Science Haven is a collaboration between Open Labs, Yale Science Diplomats, and New Haven neighborhood leaders designed to engage Yale graduate students more deeply in their neighborhoods through hands-on science demos at community gatherings. Through attending neighborhood leadership meetings and connecting with families, Science Haven aims to inspire students to pursue a career in science and to help adults to see scientists as approachable.
Science in the News is a series of lectures given by Yale graduate students in the sciences. Past lecture topics have included “What You Should Know about Antibiotics,” and “Our Future in the Cosmos.” The series is organized and hosted by the Yale Science Diplomats, a campus group devoted to educating the public about science issues that affect them and encouraging scientists to become engaged in the political process.
This award-winning lecture series features scientists whose passion for their work inspires us all. Each event involves a lecture by a Yale professor and engaging science demonstrations by Yale College students. Past topics have included “How to Grow a New Head: The Secret of Eternal Life” and “Peering into the Dark Side of the Universe.”
Shafer Scholars are New Haven high school juniors nominated by their high school guidance counselors to enroll in a five-week Yale summer session program in the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. A scholarship from the Shafer family of New Haven provides full tuition for two courses, room and board, a book allowance, and a stipend for each student. Students take Yale College courses in the company of college students and are able to earn college credits.
SheCode aims to lower the barriers for girls participating in computer science and to foster an interest in innovative technology and problem-solving by teaching programming skills to young girls in a highly supportive environment. Through SheCode, Yale undergraduates teach New Haven middle and high school girls in Yale Pathways to Science how to create basic programs using Scratch, CSS, and Python.
Special Needs Undergraduate Swim lessons (SNUGS) at Yale provides swim lessons free of charge to local special needs children. SNUGS services more than 150 children and more than 100 Yale students volunteer annually.
Splash at Yale is a biannual event that brings local middle and high school students to Yale University for one day of unlimited learning. Students take classes in a variety of both conventional and unconventional subjects taught by Yale undergraduate and graduate students. Splash at Yale also hosts Sprout, a similar program that gives students the opportunity to delve deeper into one topic, meeting three times for a series of workshops.
Squash Haven empowers New Haven youth to strive for and maintain school success and physical wellness. Team members participate in year-round programming that includes differentiated individual tutoring, group academic enrichment, squash instruction, community service, enrichment opportunities, and college preparation. College-aged team members continue to receive academic, athletic, and personal advice/support, and access to internship and summer employment opportunities.
STEM Mentors connects high school students with undergraduate and graduate students in STEM to challenge common misconceptions about the sciences and about the people who study them. STEM Mentors hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including a panel discussion on choosing the right college, a college application workshop, and a health sciences career fair.
Located in the heart of Central Campus, the Sterling Memorial Library is the largest of all the Yale libraries. It currently houses about 3 million books on 16 floors of book stacks. It was built in the Collegiate Gothic style, resembling a European Gothic cathedral, with its soaring nave, cloisters, clerestory windows, side chapels, and a circulation desk altar. Sterling Memorial Library also houses the Gilmore Music Library, the university archives, and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, as well as numerous reading rooms and departments.
The Yale Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI) connects highly qualified Yale Pathways to Science students with science research internships at Yale. During the summer, students participate in a series of workshops and activities that supplement their internship experiences and enhance their scientific research skills. Students are paired with Yale undergraduate mentors, who provide one-on-one-one guidance throughout the six-week internship experience.
The mission of Yale’s TEETH Poets is to produce meaningful and illuminating pieces and promote the appreciation of spoken word in the New Haven community. At monthly outreach events, Pathways to Arts & Humanities students meet Yale’s TEETH Poets f to watch spoken word poetry in action, participate in small group workshops with TEETH performers, and try their hand at writing poetry.
The Green Café is a monthly interactive presentation for plant scientists, gardeners, environmentalists, and others hosted by Marsh Botanical Gardens. Recent themes have included “Bonsai for Everyone” and “Chocolate: Hot or Not.” The intent is to foster creativity in plant research, encourage “budding” scientists to consider careers in a plant-based scientific discipline, and to share the value of plant research with the public.
Advances in chemistry have been behind some of the most significant improvements in our quality of life over the last century; whether it’s medicine, cosmetics, or movie effects, chemistry is everywhere. In this one-hour interactive show, students and their family members are introduced to basic concepts in chemistry through a series of magical demonstrations by experts from the Yale Department of Chemistry.
The Ulysses S. Grant Program is a six-week academic summer program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven Public Schools held on the Yale University campus. Since 1953, U.S. Grant has drawn upon the enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to deepen students’ current interests and explore completely new ones, while developing their critical thinking and collaborative skills.
Established in 1968, the Urban Improvement Corps provides one-on-one mentoring and tutoring to students in the New Haven area. Tutoring occurs after school weekly at the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale. The program also provides supplemental classes on the weekends for students interested in creative writing, SAT/ACT practice, computer science, and music composition.
Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is a university not-for-profit partnership actively engaged in community forestry activities throughout New Haven. Its mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, and advance the practice of urban forestry. URI GreenSkills is a local green jobs program that employs high school students and adults though the planting of trees. GreenSkills connects youth to their communities, their environment, and each other.
WILL POWER! is Yale Repertory Theatre’s annual educational initiative that features specially-priced tickets and early school-time matinees for middle and high school student groups. The program often includes free professional development for educators, study guides for students, and post-performance discussions with members of the company.
The Windham Campbell Literary Festival brings the Windham Campbell prizewinners in the fields of drama, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to Yale’s campus for a week of celebratory events. Highlights past festivals have included a panel discussion and writing workshops for students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, film screenings, and a group reading by all the prizewinners.
The World CLASS program offers language and cultural exposure in several less commonly taught languages including Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, and Urdu. The program is open to all high school students in Connecticut, currently serves more than 160 students, and is free for students attending New Haven Public Schools.
In partnership with New Haven public schools, the Yale MacMillan Center Council on Middle East Studies sponsors a free two-week summer language program for New Haven public school students in grades 6–9. The purpose of this camp is for students to develop an appreciation of the commonalities between many languages, cultures, and musical traditions, as well as an introductory knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew.
Write Out Loud, a one-week intensive writing workshop series, gives Pathways high school students a chance to read, write, and raise questions about topics such as rebellion, identity, success, and education. With the guidance of Yale instructors in a seminar setting, students read and analyze historical documents, essays, art, and film and practice college-level writing at the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.
The WYBCx Yale Radio Internship uses radio waves to give New Haven high school students a voice. In six sessions, students learn about radio techniques an take over the controls for the “Teen Takeover” hour. Over the course of the program, students learn how to run their own news segments, talk shows, music hours, and radio dramas. As a final project, students have the opportunity to combine elements from what they have learned to form their own personalized shows.
The Yale Athletics Department hosts several annual Youth Day events including: Fall Youth Day at the Yale Bowl, Winter Youth Day, and Yale Hockey Youth Day. Students engage in free sports clinics, gain free admission to varsity events and earn special prizes for participation. Youth Days are free and open to the public and draw hundreds of New Haven students to Yale’s campus.
YCAS Young Scholars is an intensive, two-week summer program geared to promising high school juniors and seniors interested in math and science. Students are introduced to biostatistics and statistical computing using the R programming language, and to research methods used in medical science. Students work in teams, using real health science data, to address study questions and develop a final presentation of their work.
The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom in a landmark building designed by Louis Kahn. The YCBA has a rich array of exhibitions and educational programs, as well as fellowships and academic resources, including a reference library and study room for examining works on paper in the collection. The museum is open to the public and admission and all programming is free. The Yale Center for British Art encourages families and children of all ages to explore the collections.
Exploring Artism is the Center’s free monthly program for families with children who are five to twelve years of age and on the autism spectrum. Participants look at artwork in the museum’s galleries followed by a hand’s-on activity in a museum classroom. A quiet room is available throughout the session with blankets and sensory toys. All family members are welcome.
The Yale Center for British Art offers children’s programs and Community Family Festivals that explore the collections and special exhibitions. Through gallery experiences, games, and activities, children and families learn how to look at and talk about a work of art. Self-guided group and family materials are available at the front desk.
At the Yale Center for British Art, school and community groups can explore the Center’s collections, architecture, and special exhibitions on an interactive, docent-led tour. These free tours encourage close looking, critical thinking, and creative evaluation. The Center’s educational programming is designed to support visual literacy instruction and complement curriculum goals and standards. Bringing art into the learning process builds students’ inquiry, observation, description, and critical looking skills.
This program offers practicing teachers an enriched understanding of how visual art can support their students’ reading, writing, and thinking. Workshops, discussions, and lectures by university faculty and museum educators demonstrate how “visual text” can be used to enhance literacy instruction. Institute sessions include hands-on experience with works of art and exploring ways to make the museum an extension of the classroom. Participants are given the tools they need to lead dynamic museum visits and to incorporate visual arts into classroom instruction.
The Visual Literacy Consortium brings together a group of educators for a bimonthly consortium to promote the important dialogue about visual literacy and its role in school curricula. The purpose of the group is to share experiences, research, and resources and to work toward an expanded notion of literacy that includes making meaning from visual as well as written texts.
The Comer School Development Program is committed to the total development of all children by helping to create learning environments that support children’s physical, cognitive, psychological, linguistic, social, and ethical development. The Organization’s professional and consultation unit provides New Haven teachers, administrators, and parents with professional development opportunities on a range of topics including child and adolescent development; creating positive classroom and school climate and culture; engaging families and communities; and more.
The Yale Children’s Theater brings together a group of undergraduate Yale students devoted to teaching, entertaining, and engaging kids with the dramatic arts. The Yale Children’s Theater produces four student-written shows each year, offers drama workshops and writing workshops for local students, and performs throughout the New Haven community. The Yale Children’s Theater also offers special programs like Hands On, Off Book, Curtain Call, and eight-week writing workshops designed to introduce young students in grades K–8 to theater, fiction, poetry, and journalism.
The Yale Community Rowing Program (YCR) officially began in 1999 with the idea that opportunities in the sport of rowing could be made available to young people throughout this community. The program has grown to become one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, unique in its scope and inclusiveness. Each year, close to 900 young people between the ages of ten and seventeen take part in YCR-sponsored activities.
Run by members of the Yale Daily News, the Summer Journalism Program is a one-week intensive course in journalism for high school students. Students participate in workshops on the fundamentals of reporting and writing, attend lectures by guest speakers from major national publications, and create a full summer edition of the Yale Daily News by the end of the week. The program is open to all Connecticut high school students and is free for New Haven Public School students.
Sponsored by the Yale School of the Environment, the Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY) is one of America’s premier student-run environmental film festivals. In addition to highlighting the brightest environmental storytelling of the past year, the festival brings celebrated directors and creatives to campus for workshops and discussions of how we can move forward constructively as environmental storytellers.
The Yale Farm is a lush and productive teaching farm that produces vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, as well as providing a home to free-ranging chicken flocks and honey bees. It provides a place where the community can come together to learn about the agriculture and the complex systems that feed us. The farm hosts workshops, seminars, open workdays, and a program for New Haven public school second graders.
The Neuroscience Outreach Program invites students to Yale’s campus to explore neuroscience on through lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and a tour of the Cushing Center, all led by current graduate students. At interactive demo stations, students can use their muscles to power a robotic claw, record electrical changes in neurons from a cockroach leg, and learn how common brain teasers work.
The Yale West Campus Landscape Lab fosters growing collaborations across Yale and beyond, connecting more than 20 professional schools, departments, organizations, and student groups across the University. Partners include the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Architecture, Public Health, and Yale College. Numerous student groups utilize the West Campus Landscape Lab as a place to put their ideas into action.
The Yale Latino Network Group seeks to strengthen the professional and social relationships between Latino employees, the university, and the outside community. Each year, the group invites Pathways middle school students to explore science and engineering with its members for a day of hands-on workshops. The most recent event included a design-thinking workshop, where students built prototypes of superhero beds at the Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design with Yale’s Design for America student organization.
Yale Model Congress provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about and experience the American legislative system first-hand. As part of the program, students learn parliamentary procedure, write legislation, develop research strategies, and practice public-speaking skills. During the annual Yale Model Congress conference, students assume the responsibilities of elected representatives and tackle the issues facing our nation, such as security, the environment, and healthcare.
The Yale–New Haven Teachers Institute is an educational partnership designed to strengthen teaching and learning in New Haven public schools. Yale faculty members and New Haven teachers work together in discussion seminars to develop new curriculum units. The seminars, which meet over a five-month period, are designed in response to teacher requests and have addressed topics across the sciences and humanities. Fellows become members of the Yale community for one year, with library and other campus privileges, and receive a stipend upon successful completion of the Institute.
The Yale Physics Olympics brings more than 100 high school students to compete in teams on a variety of physics-related tasks that get students to practice the skills of experimental physicists. Each year, 50 teams guided by a high school teacher compete. Awards are given to the three best performing teams.
Through the Yale Reading Corps, Yale undergraduate and graduate students serve directly as teaching assistants in classrooms at Wexler-Grant School. Yale students support teachers’ activities by helping prepare class materials or working with individual or small groups of students. Through Yale Reading Corps, Yale students also serve as reading tutors and mentors at New Haven Reads. New Haven Reads aims to increase the literacy skills of children by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank.
The Dwight/Edgewood Project brings eight 6th-and-7th grade students from Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School to the Yale Repertory Theatre for a month-long after-school playwriting program designed to strengthen students’ self-esteem and creative process. Yale School of Drama students lead the program, serving as mentors, directors, and theater technicians. The program culminates in June with the presentation of eight original plays over two evenings of free performances.
Research Day is an annual scientific conference at the Yale School of the Environment. Scientists present their work on environmental topics such as how air pollution impacts our health. grasshopper personalities, and the consequences of littering. The event uses multiple formats, including describing research using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language and poster presentations. Ten Pathways high school students are invited as the youngest members of the conference.
Yale Science Diplomats (YSD) is a group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows dedicated to science communication, outreach, and advocacy. YSD brings science to the public in exciting and accessible ways through initiatives such as Science in the News, the Flipped Science Fair, and Science Haven—all with the goal of fostering a scientifically informed electorate. In doing so, YSD also trains scientists in effective communication and advocacy skills to support a community-based approach to science education.
The Yale Simulation Academy is a procedural-based anatomy and physiology curriculum spanning the school year. Students from Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven come to the Yale Center for Medical Simulation (YCMS) one day a week where they work with physicians and faculty at the Yale School of Medicine. The YSA exposes students to the varied careers within the biomedical sciences, promotes peer mentorship, and supports those interested in higher education.
The Yale Social Robotics Lab focuses on building models of human social behavior, especially the development of early social skills. Scientists in the lab use computational modeling and interactive robots to explore questions about social development that are difficult or impossible to investigate with other disciplines. Each year, the lab hosts an open house for families and students of all ages. Guests tour the lab, see live robot demonstrations, learn about past and current projects, and have an opportunity to chat with lab members about their research.
Offered by the Urban Debate League, the weeklong Yale Summer Debate Program is open to all New Haven high school students. During the program, students develop their skills in public speaking, constructing arguments, and delivering rebuttals. The program is premised on the philosophy that students can use debate as a tool to critically engage with the world around them, helping them to become better debaters and students, and more active members of society.
The Yale Farm is a lush and productive teaching farm that produces vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, as well as providing a home to free-ranging chicken flocks and honey bees. It provides a place where the community can come together to learn about the agriculture and the complex systems that feed us. The farm hosts workshops, seminars, open workdays, and a program for New Haven public school second graders.
Synapse is the educational outreach arm of Yale Scientific Magazine. It aims to inspire New Haven public school students to pursue careers in science, engage in research, and even try their hand at scientific journalism. Synapse conducts science demonstrations at six Science on Saturdays events each year and also organizes the annual Resonance program, a day of science enrichment at Yale for high school students.
Pathways students are invited to build their very own rockets with students from Yale’s Undergraduate Aerospace Association. Following the build, students launch the rockets and compete to see which team can launch their rocket the farthest.
The Yale University Art Gallery has more than 4,000 works of art on view from cultures all over the world. The more than 200,000 objects in its permanent collection range from American decorative arts and American paintings and sculpture to African art and art of the ancient Americas. In addition to its permanent collection, the gallery also has 21 educational programs, special exhibitions, study rooms, and museum archives. The museum is free and open to the public.
The weekend family programs at the Yale University Art Gallery are designed to help start conversations about art with children of all ages. On the second Sunday of each month throughout the year, families are invited to participate in the Stories and Art program. Gallery teaching staff tell folktales, myths, and exciting stories from all over the world that highlight unique features of selected objects in the gallery’s collection. The annual Family Day at the Yale University Art Gallery invites families to explore the collection with special tours, storytelling, and art-making activities.
School groups can explore the Yale University Art Gallery’s collection, buildings, and exhibitions on free, interactive guided class visits. Visits for school groups are led by the museum’s Gallery Teachers, Yale graduate students trained as museum educators. Class visits stress critical thinking, observation skills, and creative evaluation through close examination, interactive activities, and discussion of works of art and are tied to Common Core Standards.
As part of the partnership between the Yale University Art Gallery and Betsy Ross Arts Magnet Middle School, visual arts students from Betsy Ross visit the gallery with their parents monthly for a tailored after-school program.
Sidewalk Studio is a summer outdoor program set up in front of the gallery that fosters impromptu art making on a drop-in basis. Led by gallery staff and Yale University undergraduate and graduate students, each session focuses on a single medium and connects to related works in the collection.
In the Teacher Leadership Program, teachers explore innovative ways to connect their own interest in art, their curricula, and the gallery’s collection. The program is free and meets the first Thursday of the month throughout the academic year. More than 500 teachers have attended professional development programs at the museum that focused on inquiry-based teaching, critical thinking, and visual literacy skills.
Begun in 2014, the Teen Program at the gallery is open to all local high school students. Students meet weekly for sessions focused on making art and exploring the gallery’s collections. This past year, students worked in the studio on portraits and print-making, and examined special collections in the gallery’s print room.
The Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLab) within the Yale University Library, supports cutting-edge research and teaching in the humanities. Visitors can explore the leading questions and tools driving digital humanities research forward, from Tableau Public—free software for creating interactive data visualizations—to StoryMaps—a platform for publishing maps alongside text, images, and audio, and much more.
Yale University has a wide array of podcasts available from faculty, alumni, and distinguished visitors Topics include arts and humanities, science and engineering, health and medicine, the environment, as well as other areas of interest.
The Yale University Visitor Center is the front door of the University and welcomes its visitors from across the world. It is conveniently located on Elm Street, across from the New Haven Green. Visitors can participate in a guided tour with Yale College students or visit the campus “virtually”.
This event invites students in 3rd - 6th grade and their families to Yale’s West Campus for an afternoon filled with science. The event features videos, demonstrations, and hands-on activities led by Yale graduate students. Students learn about robots, virtual reality, electronics, and more.
The Yale University YouTube channel supplies a variety of videos to the viewing public. Covering anything from speeches and course lectures to videos made about campus events. Open to all, the Yale YouTube channel is a great way to experience all that Yale has to offer from your home computer.
The Yale Education Tutoring Initiative is a free resource that connects Yale student tutors with New Haven & West Haven Public middle and high school students for virtual tutoring. The goal of YETI is to provide ongoing structure, academic support, and mentorship to youth as they navigate pandemic learning. Students meet with their tutors once week, on-line.