Video: ‘Nano Techno’ Is the Best Rap Song About... →
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … a man walking...
Most kids dream of being a superhero when they grow up. Adiel Fernandez, science instructor at NYSCI, gets to be one for two days this month. Or at least he’ll look like one, thanks to his project Metal Wings, which he built for this year’s World Maker Faire. Inspired by X-Men superhero Archangel, the aircraft-grade aluminum wings have a wingspan of 12 feet and are mechanically controlled by...
Hooking Up at World Maker Faire
Not many people can say they’ve hooked up with the four elements, but NYSCI Librarian Rebecca Reitz is working towards doing just that. Wielding only a crochet hook, Rebecca will use yarn, beads, seashells and other decorative items to create her fiber art piece EARTH.AIR.FIRE.WATER. The first part of the project will focus on Earth and will be displayed at World Maker Faire, a two-day festival...
Meet Karla: the gal behind NYSCI Village at World...
Blow, Blow, Thou Maker Wind
At this year’s World Maker Faire, event organizers and Faire-goers alike will be hoping for warm days with sunny skies. But one Maker will be cheering on the wind. Karl Szilagi, NYSCI exhibit technician, will be presenting his project, Listen to the Wind at this year’s Faire. Comprised of 30 kites of various sizes attached to one main line, Listen to the Wind showcases the sound a kite string...
NY Waterway Contamination, From the Outside...
Guest blogger Erin Schneider, NYSCI intern and graduate student in Environmental Geo-science at Queens College, writes about her recent experience on board the R. Ian Fletcher, a research vessel that regularly conducts water quality testing on New York’s waterways. “You see those green signs,” John Lipscomb, Captain of the R. Ian Fletcher, the Riverkeeper patrol boat, pointed towards the...
On the Hudson, With the Water-Quality Mavens →
It was hot but breezy, and the smell was indeed almost sweet. But there was nothing lovely about the raw sewage that pipes there discharged into the Hudson River — some 120 million gallons a day — from Wednesday to Friday night, when the plant returned to treating sewage.
World Maker Faire is Back!
An Explainer in Crow Canyon
For her summer project, Explainer Jade Johnson wanted to get involved in an archaeology project. But finding a cliff dwelling to excavate—that’s a little hard to do in Queens. So Jade set out for Colorado’s Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in the Mesa Verde region, home to ancestral Pueblo Indians. Sometimes referred to as the Anasazi, the ancient Pueblo people are best known for the...
Sewage Frequently Fouls Hudson River, Report Says →
Sewage routinely contaminates the Hudson River, according to a report released on Tuesday after four years of water testing in which one-fifth of the water samples indicated that the river was unsuitable for swimming and other recreation. The study, issued by the environmental group Riverkeeper, underscores how a big sewage discharge in July, caused by a fire at a treatment plant in Manhattan,...
America is losing another generation to science... →
By Margaret Honey Steven Brill has it exactly right when he says that “our nation’s economy, security, and core values depend on [the] success” of our public schools.…
DEP Agrees to Tell Public When Sewage Enters Water →
After coming under fire for a lack of information about water quality in city rivers, the Department of Environmental Protection is designing an alert system which would issue warnings whenever it dipped. Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20110810/harlem/dep-agrees-notify-public-when-sewage-enters-water#ixzz1VPRVhH6E
SEW Moni: You're Invited! SEW Moni Quilt... →
sewmoni: On August 20-21 a quilt installation, hand sewn with lots of love by Sew Moni and Greene & Sunset, entitled “Its story Time” will be hung at the New York Hall of Science for Makers Days. Makers Days are event weekends for family and kids, with hopes of giving them a mix…
Mark Lamster: Renovations at the Museum: Observers... →
Last week, we travelled together with our families to the New York Hall of Science, in Queens, where Charles and Ray Eames’s Mathematica exhibit, originally created for IBM in the 1960s, is on permanent display. It’s a masterpiece of lo-fi installation design, not a screen to be found, just clear, hands-on exhibits that illustrate concepts with creativity and without pandering. The...
SciPlay & Joan Ganz Cooney Center @ Sesame...
SciPlay is teaming up with the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop for a research study on how families with children ages 3 – 5 choose books to read together. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out the survey at the link below, and then come out to the New York Hall of Science on August 25 or 26! Children will receive a small Sesame Street gift for participating: ...
Making Science Hip
How do you get someone excited about the technology behind a computer processor? By breaking it down into smaller parts. Literally. NYSCI’s Deconstruction Zone at last year’s World Maker Faire was so popular with kids and adults that it is being brought back for this year’s festival, which will be held on September 17 and 18. With screwdrivers and pliers, kids and adults at the 2010 World...
MAKE | World Maker Faire NY 2010 makers’ DIY... →
NYSCI Explainers as Designers Project
For the past few weeks, NYSCI Explainers have been learning how to design and pitch a mobile application that would support one of the exhibits on the museum floor. On Tuesday, the four groups presented their app ideas to the President of NYSCI, Margaret Honey, and senior exhibit staff, of which one group was to be selected to get their app professionally developed and placed on the market....