The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) The mission of CMOST is to instill a sense of wonder and discovery in young minds, inspiring a lifelong exploration of science and technology.
Our founders from the Junior League of Troy decided to create a museum specifically for children. Instead of having a “look but don’t touch” rule to the exhibits like most museums, the Junior Museum encouraged children to please touch its exhibits. True to our beginnings, all of our exhibit experiences continue to be designed with science discovery and play in mind. Why? Because discovery and play aren't just about entertainment, they are essential learning tools. Children learn about themselves, their environment, people and the world around them all through play. Our discovery environment provides children with the opportunity to investigate, observe, analyze, and build in a pressure-free setting. By allowing children to choose the activities and exhibits with which they wish to interact, you motivate them to keep engaging and discovering the world around them, and you help them develop a disposition for learning.
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The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) is the only science center in the Tech Valley designed specifically for kids and parents to Explore, Discover, and Imagine the world of science together. Don't forget to tag us in your CMOST pics!

Mission: To instill a sense of wonder and discovery in young minds, inspiring a lifelong exploration of science and technology.

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)'s cover photo
03/18/2020

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)'s cover photo

Might be a fun addition to your at home story time 📚
03/16/2020

Might be a fun addition to your at home story time 📚

With school closures around the country due to #coronavirus, please use our FREE children's literacy resource featuring the world's best storytellers reading books aloud. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home. www.storylineonline.net

03/10/2020
Our GE Jr. Discovery Room has some new artwork on the wall. Thanks to all of our friends who contributed their own small...
03/06/2020

Our GE Jr. Discovery Room has some new artwork on the wall. Thanks to all of our friends who contributed their own small piece of art in order to create one masterpiece.

03/03/2020
Saturday was our friend Haley's birthday party at CMOST.  Haley is a big fan of Peaches the Cockatoo. The kids had a gre...
02/26/2020

Saturday was our friend Haley's birthday party at CMOST. Haley is a big fan of Peaches the Cockatoo. The kids had a great time meeting Peaches and enjoying a "peachy" birthday cake! Thank you to Haley and her family for letting us share this adorable cake!

Elmer had a wonderful first weekend of his retirement. He spent his time moving to his new home, relaxing and eating lot...
02/25/2020

Elmer had a wonderful first weekend of his retirement. He spent his time moving to his new home, relaxing and eating lots of hay. We will be posting more updates as he gets situated. 🐰

02/24/2020
The museum will be open today for Presidents Day from 9:00 - 4:00PM. Join us for some hands on fun!
02/17/2020

The museum will be open today for Presidents Day from 9:00 - 4:00PM. Join us for some hands on fun!

We ❤️ Elmer!Right now he is writing his letter of resignation! Elmer has worked at the museum for a long time, but has c...
02/14/2020

We ❤️ Elmer!
Right now he is writing his letter of resignation! Elmer has worked at the museum for a long time, but has come to the conclusion it is time to retire. Elmer will miss meeting all of the museum visitors, but he is excited to spend his days eating carrots and discovering new hobbies. Visit the museum this week and say good luck to Elmer. You can also write him a retirement card! Elmer's retirement cards and all of your well wishes will follow him to his new home.

CMOST's Homeschool students are getting to the "heart of the matter" in today's Heart Science Program.
02/13/2020

CMOST's Homeschool students are getting to the "heart of the matter" in today's Heart Science Program.

A fun evening at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School STEM Night - teaching about data literacy
02/13/2020

A fun evening at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School STEM Night - teaching about data literacy

Today’s Museum activities will focus upon the accomplishments of women and girls in science.Can’t make it to the Museum ...
02/11/2020

Today’s Museum activities will focus upon the accomplishments of women and girls in science.

Can’t make it to the Museum today? Pop into your library and ask your librarian to help you find a book about a woman in science.

02/10/2020
02/07/2020

Due to heavy snowfall and hazardous driving conditions CMOST will be closing at 2:30 this afternoon. Please drive safely. We will see you soon!

02/04/2020
Delighted to participate in this morning’s Capital Region STEM Hub launch.
01/29/2020

Delighted to participate in this morning’s Capital Region STEM Hub launch.

We're delighted to have our Education Program Manager participating in EEK! (Engineering Education for Kids) training at...
01/28/2020

We're delighted to have our Education Program Manager participating in EEK! (Engineering Education for Kids) training at the University of Michigan. CMOST was thrilled to be awarded an EEK kit and the opportunity to participate in this training. 💫Stay tuned for details on when the EEK! kit will be featured in CMOST's programming 📅

01/28/2020
01/25/2020

From the CMOST Wonder Wall: Why won't my parents let me buy a turtle?

We aren't really sure what your parents' reasons are, but there are several things you should be aware of if you're considering a reptile as a pet. First, some turtles grow very large, and live a very long time (often over 25 years!), so make sure you and your family are ready for a long term commitment, and that you have space for your pet as it grows. Second, like all reptiles, turtles carry salmonella on their skin. This bacteria isn't harmful to them but can make humans sick, so turtle owners need to be careful with hand washing after handling their pets. Third, some turtle species are not legal to have as pets without a special permit from your state. If your parents change their minds about a turtle, please ask them to check your local laws.

Have a question for a Museum Educator? Stop by CMOST and post it to the Wonder Wall!

01/21/2020
The museum will be open today from 9:00AM - 4:00PM for Martin Luther King Day. Join us and learn about some influential ...
01/20/2020

The museum will be open today from 9:00AM - 4:00PM for Martin Luther King Day. Join us and learn about some influential African Americans that have had great impact in their fields. There will be a variety of hands-on activities that will add to our knowledge of these influential people. All activities are free with museum admission.

01/18/2020

From the CMOST Wonder Wall: Why are some phones called "smartphones" and no phones are called "dumbphones"? (Louis, age 9)

So everyone knows that a smart phone is one that can do some of the same things a computer can, like download apps and connect to the internet. How about a phone that can only make calls and send text messages? Believe it or not, some people call these dumb phones. But, you're not very likely to see a commercial or magazine ad for a dumb phone.

Have a question for a Museum Educator? Stop by CMOST and post it on the Wonder Wall!

01/13/2020
Here’s to taking time for discovery.  #playmatters
01/13/2020
Hands On! International

Here’s to taking time for discovery. #playmatters

'While the play impulse is one thing, the know-how - the nuts and bolts of playing - is not always so natural and requires careful cultivation.'

Important read in connection with our #CreativeEurope #21stcentychildren project about the current state and threats to childhood in the 21st century.

01/11/2020

From the CMOST Wonder Wall: Where do snakes get their venom? (Akina, age 9)

Good question, Akina! Snake venom is made in specialized organs similar to our salivary glands. Venom is made up of toxic enzymes, which are substances that are designed to cause a biochemical reaction. In the case of venom, this might be paralysis or lowered blood pressure in the snake's prey. The venom glands are located on the sides of the head and the venom flows into the snake's fangs through ducts. Baby snakes, called snakelets, already have venom when they are born or hatched.

Do you have a question for a Museum Educator? Stop by CMOST and post it on the Wonder Wall!

Would you, or someone you know like to join our education team? CMOST is currently hiring for two part time educator pos...
01/09/2020

Would you, or someone you know like to join our education team? CMOST is currently hiring for two part time educator positions. We have a great time and it is truly rewarding work. If you are interested please check out the link below. And feel free to share with your friends!
https://www.cmost.org/page/employment-opportunities-10.html

01/07/2020
The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)'s cover photo
01/05/2020

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)'s cover photo

01/01/2020

Happy New Year! Sending best wishes for a play-filled, STEAM-tastic 2020 🥳

Happy Noon Year!! Join the celebration- we’re open until 1pm today 🎉🌟
12/31/2019

Happy Noon Year!! Join the celebration- we’re open until 1pm today 🎉🌟

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)'s cover photo
12/28/2019

The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST)'s cover photo

What are you doing New Year's Eve? Join the celebration at CMOST🎉
12/28/2019

What are you doing New Year's Eve? Join the celebration at CMOST🎉

12 days of impact!This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this ...
12/24/2019

12 days of impact!

This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this year, and looking to 2020 to create even more learning opportunities for the Children of the Capital Region.

We’re reflecting on great achievements and great reasons to support CMOST. We hope that one of these impacts resonates with you!

12 days of impact!This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this ...
12/23/2019

12 days of impact!

This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this year, and looking to 2020 to create even more learning opportunities for the Children of the Capital Region.

We’re reflecting on great achievements and great reasons to support CMOST. We hope that one of these impacts resonates with you!

12/22/2019
12 days of impact!This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this ...
12/22/2019

12 days of impact!

This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this year, and looking to 2020 to create even more learning opportunities for the Children of the Capital Region.

We’re reflecting on great achievements and great reasons to support CMOST. We hope that one of these impacts resonates with you!

12 days of impact!This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this ...
12/21/2019

12 days of impact!

This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this year, and looking to 2020 to create even more learning opportunities for the Children of the Capital Region.

We’re reflecting on great achievements and great reasons to support CMOST. We hope that one of these impacts resonates with you!

Check out Day 8
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12/21/2019

From the CMOST Wonder Wall: How do museums close at night?

We can't speak for every museum, but here at CMOST, we have a list of things to be finished before we lock our doors for the night. First, we check that all of our guests have left for the afternoon. Next, we make sure all of our animals have what they need, including food, water, and clean exhibits. Then we make sure the museum is clean. This means doing things like taking out the trash, picking up the toys, and vacuuming. Last, we turn out the lights and lock the doors.

Have a question for our Museum Educators? Stop by CMOST and post it on our Wonder Wall!

12 days of impact!This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this ...
12/19/2019

12 days of impact!

This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this year, and looking to 2020 to create even more learning opportunities for the Children of the Capital Region.

We’re reflecting on great achievements and great reasons to support CMOST. We hope that one of these impacts resonates with you!

12 days of impact!This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this ...
12/18/2019

12 days of impact!

This Holiday Season, CMOST is counting 12 days of giving thanks, celebrating the achievements of this year, and looking to 2020 to create even more learning opportunities for the Children of the Capital Region.

We’re reflecting on great achievements and great reasons to support CMOST. We hope that one of these impacts resonates with you!

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General information

Chartered by the Board of Regents on behalf of the NYS Education Department in 1954, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) is the Region’s only science center designed specifically for children. In pursuit of our mission, CMOST provides an engaging, child-directed learning environment which enables children to learn and grow through play. Designed for children ages 18 months through the tween years, the Museum enables children to investigate, observe, analyze, and build in a pressure-free environment by pairing innovative educational tools and techniques with engaging exhibits and facilitated programming to support active learning. CMOST offers a unique suite of STE(a)M learning experiences including school and community programs; workshops; summer and vacation day camps; camp-ins; and daily Museum Educator facilitated activities that help children make important connections between science, the world and everyday life. Beyond the Museum, CMOST’s Traveling Programs feature hands-on STE(a)M activities, turning classrooms, libraries and community centers into learning labs.

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2019 marks CMOST’s 65th year of engaging the Capital Region’s children, inspiring curiosity, growing self-efficacy and fostering little hands, doing real science. In 65 years, much has changed, but true to our beginnings play is in our DNA! We are grateful for those who founded CMOST, the visitors we have welcomed over 65 years, and the many children that have been inspired to be creative thinkers.

CMOST serves 70,000 children and their grown-ups each year; we engage children from all 11 counties within and surrounding the Capital District; as well as kids who visit the region. Every day CMOST provides STEAM based programs conducted both within the Museum and throughout the Capital Region. Sessions might include chemistry, physics, engineering, animal awareness, Hudson River ecology, magnets, or electricity, to name a few. Our animal experts are here 7 days a week feeding, cleaning habitats, and caring for the animals who make their home here at CMOST.

Each year CMOST works to create interesting and outstandingly relevant educational opportunities, we work in partnership with parent’s as first teachers and formal classroom educators supporting and expanding their capacity to provide an entrée into scientific discovery through hands on STE(a)M learning experiences.

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Planet Parker & CMOST camps are now open for summer registration!
Can you share info about your programs for homeschoolers? TIA!
Where can I buy this kit?
Do you have an ETA when the movies/animations from end of summer camp will be posted?
Another great, amazing, fantastic visit. Thanks for everything you do for the community. 💞
Thanks for organizing such a great day. My son sometimes has difficulties achieving adult expectations while attending an event with lots of people. The low key atmosphere of the staff, your capped numbers, and flexible activity scheduling was so instrumental in having us feel welcome despite his tendency to run from activity to activity. We’ve always been fortunate to have great visits at CMOST. But in particular today’s special event created a really special memory for us. Your hard work is so appreciated and I wish your facility so much success in 2018. ❤️
Had a fun morning exploring static and gravity!
I have a membership to MiSci - are you included in the museum pass?