Overview of Activities

Overview of Activities

The EVOLUTIONS Program (EVOking Learning & Understanding Through Investigations Of the Natural Sciences) engages New Haven and West Haven high school students in informal and formal learning opportunities including:

  • Weekly classroom science activities
  • Monthly special events and workshops
  • Overnight college tour
  • Student-produced museum exhibitions, which are displayed in the Peabody Museum
  • Paid work experience as science interpreters
  • Paid internships in Yale science laboratories
  • Field trips to Peabody Museum collections, Yale labs/departments and other science museums


Through classroom experiences, EVO students create a community of learners that collaborate to explore their interests in science, nature, and culture, understand the science behind Peabody Museum exhibits and collections, and develop essential communication skills. Classes take place one day per week after school, and offer a variety of activities, interactions with guests speakers, college preparation activities, and social activities.

Sci.CORPS Youth Employment Program

Sci.CORPS (Science Career Orientation & Readiness Program for Students) is a career ladder program through which participants receive paid work experience as science interpreters in the Peabody Museum. When the galleries are open, Interpreters teach visitors the science of the exhibits through hands-on carts and activities. In the upper rung of our ladder, Museum Fellows, act as program leaders, supervisors, and content developers. During the closure of the museum, our work focused on the production of media and science content, including our 70-second science videos.

Lab Internships

A select group of EVOLUTIONS students are also offered paid internships in Yale science laboratories. Interns work alongside and are mentored by Yale faculty and graduate students in both field and lab work, engaging in over 100 hours of authentic scientific research. The experience culminates in a research symposium held at the Peabody Museum, and opportunities to disseminate their research to their EVOLUTIONS peers. This program is currently on hold due to COVID.