Top 4 recommendations from the working group on Advancing Women in STEM:
1Require “STEM” Studies. Set a common K-12 curriculum of science, technology, engineering and math. Expose girls to female role models.
2Recruit, Retain and Advance Women. Find at least one female candidate for every technical job. Reward the C-suite for retaining and promoting women.
3Sell Sizzle and Meaning. Develop a national marketing campaign to promote STEM, positioning scientists as game changers who are making a difference.
4Engage the Community. Work with youth groups to interest young girls in STEM. Promote STEM activities in after-school programs.
Working group co-chair (and NYSCI CEO) Margaret Honey said, “Improving U.S. science and math education is critical to keep U.S. teens from falling further behind their global counterparts in math and science scores. Teacher training should be improved, and instruction should include more hands-on projects that interest girls.”
The group was part of a task force on Women in the Economy convened last week by the Wall Street Journal.
New Yorkers are accustomed to tourists. Approximately 50 million of them visit our city each year to soak up the culture, take in a Broadway show, and gobble down untold numbers of pizza slices. But this summer, the city will welcome a very special group of youngsters from Kenya. The school kids will visit NYSCI, participate in science lessons, and get a glimpse of life in New York City – all without ever leaving Africa.
The students will visit as part of a distance-learning program that will use videoconferencing technologies to virtually connect the Sereolipi Primary School in Kenya with our instructors at NYSCI. This pilot program, called The Mizizi Project, is a part of a partnership with the nonprofit organization e2 education & environment, which seeks to unite students and teachers in different parts of the world through a single collaborative virtual learning experience.
Over a series of sessions this summer, the students in Kenya will work on topics such as microbiology, biomimicry and environmental science. The result will be a “global classroom” where New Yorkers and Kenyans work together on a shared science curriculum.
Now if only we could get the other 50 million tourists to stop buying up all the Book of Mormon tickets …
Making parenting in your local community easier, The Mamas Network in New York whose blogs have served parents in all five boros presents the 2nd annual Mamas Expo at NYSCI this Saturday, May 5! Get the best mama’s tips in town. Bring the whole family for a day of mama’s goodies from tons of vendors, advice and activities including a Puppetmobile puppet marionette performance, cookies by Cookie Fairy Sweets, planting by Queens Botanical Garden, and parenting workshops.
If you buy advance tickets through NYSCI, you also get access to all the NYSCI goodies including Rocket Park Mini Golf, Science Playground and of course full access to our hit exhibition Animation!
“Frequently, you see women relegated to very traditional roles - I’ll build the robot, and you can be secretary for the group. Unless you’re very assertive, men can take over the group.” - Angela Bielefeldt, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Colorado Bounder
When we first started working on Design Lab, we invited a number of exhibition firms to come in to talk to us about how we might collaborate on this project. This process helped us to realize that we were not really creating an exhibition space per se, but rather an armature or environment…
Great article by Mommy Poppins on our new Maker Space area at NYSCI. Don’t forget that this Saturday 1 – 3 pm we’re having a workshop on Drum making in there - and the whole family is encouraged to join in! Free with NYSCI admission.
It is official! Modular//Neuroid and The New York Hall of Science will be collaborating to create a multi-layered experience for middle and high school students in a project titled Collect, Construct, Change(C³). The project will give students the chance to collect data on environmental pollution in the field, and then offer them a platform in which to experience this data. This experience will come in the form of an augmented reality cell phone application. The project will culminate in the form of several workshops over the summer at NySci, and a presentation and workshop at the first ever Maker Faire NYC (which is being held at the New York Hall of Science, September 25 and 26, 2010)! The final step of the project is to promote environmental advocacy through the children participating. This is extremely exciting. It also means that I am employed through October 2010. Thank goodness.
This has been on the books for some time now, and have waited to announce it on this site as there were several details to work out. Everything is a go, and I have already begun prototyping for this iteration of modular//neuroid. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity and intend on making use of it. My involvement is the result of a collaboration between the New Youth City Learning Network, along with Parsons and NySci. The team also consists of a Columbia post-doc, as well as the Bank Street College andCity Lore.
In response to a teachers plea for science resources, we’ve gathered some links and lessons from the Teachers Talkingscience site, some of which NYSCI has written and which extend the learning of Science Friday videos. Most of these have videos and associated lesson plans:
To celebrate the history of math and its impact on the world, IBM has released Minds of Modern Mathematics, a free iPad app that re-imagines a classic 50-foot infographic on the history of math that was part of the Mathematica exhibit at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Eric Siegel, director and chief content officer of the New York Hall of Science, says the exhibit remains relevant to this day.
The world has changed a lot since you were a wide-eyed, innocent kid playing with your handmade sock puppet. Puppets have come a long way too.
This week, NYSCI opens Puppet Parade, a new type of puppetry created by Design I/O that uses computers and Xboxes to merge the movements of real people with projections of larger-than-life creatures. Puppeteers control the animals using their hands and arms. Then their actions are tracked through Xbox Kinects, the data is sent through a computer to a projector, and presto! – a fantastical, interactive scene is displayed on a 17-by-26-foot wall.
The experience includes all the entertainment of that old sock puppet, while also including the interactivity and special effects of today’s technology.
Become a Teacher Design Fellow and learn about introductory design starter activities and the design process, a problem-solving process central to engineering and technology. Through an online orientation and our five-day Verizon Summer Design Institute (July 16 – 20), you will develop and…
Lights, Camera, Science! Explainer TV brings science to YouTube
It may not have the glamour of filming at a Hollywood studio lot, but our Explainer TV program uses all the skills and tricks utilized by professional filmmakers. The program syncs science and education with video editing, marketing and communications to teach our Explainers, those multi-talented, red-aproned exhibit interpreters, to script, produce and film short videos about science.
The program has trained more than 20 high school and college Explainers since 2010. At last count, 26 videos have been created, earning more than 13,000 views on YouTube. Video topics include oobleck, ferrofluid and nanotechnology, as well as coverage of our events and exhibits.
The resulting videos are humorous and charming, and show the fun of science to viewers around the world. No gray card is needed to know that this program gets it just right.
Calling all makers: Cognizant's Making the Future scholarship program is here!
If you’re a student pursuing a career in science, math, engineering and technology, you could earn $5,000 by submitting a video of your original “maker” project! NYSCI’s partner in STEM, Cognizant, is offering a new Making the Future scholarship program, with NYSCI’s President, Margaret Honey, chairing the selection committee. Spread the word: whether you’re still in high school and about to enroll in college, or already in college, this scholarship program is a great way to bring your projects to life.
We have been working intensively with Gigantic Mechanic, a NYC based game design firm to create a social game for our Great Hall exhibition on the theme of sustainability. We have spent a lot of time with dice and cards (my response was to make a game where you build a house out of the cards…
A quintessentially Canadian winter tradition – outdoor ice hockey – could be facing extinction within decades because of climate change, a new study says.
Pick-up games of ice hockey, also called shinny or pond hockey, are a way of life during the long winters. Many towns are studded with neighbourhood ice rinks, some families even freeze over their backyards. Ottawa has the Rideau Canal, the 5-mile skate run through the nation’s capital. But such pursuits are in peril as milder winters and earlier springs pare down the outdoor ice season.
It takes a long cold spell to be able to build a good foundation for ice sports – at least three days in a row at -5C, the researchers determined, from interviews with public rink officials.
But temperature records from 142 weather stations across the southern belt of Canada, where most of the population lives, showed a distinct warming trend from 1951-2005.
According to the criteria set by rink officials, many of those locations would have experienced later start dates for outdoor skating over the years. Most showed shorter seasons, as much as 20 to 30% shorter in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba and parts of western Ontario. Only Atlantic Canada showed a longer season.
Ever wanted to connect your Legos and Tinkertoys together? Now you can — and much more. Announcing the Free Universal Construction Kit: a set of adapters for complete interoperability between 10 popular construction toys.