Before he demonstrated his Extreme Marshmallow Cannon to the President at the White House Science Fair, he showed people at World Maker Faire how not to be bored. He was featured on Make Magazine today which inspired us to dig-up the archives. Our video interview with Joey at last year’s World Maker Faire:
World Maker Faire will be back at NYSCI September 29 and 30, 2012.
Is today’s music instruction a little hollow? Should science education be hit with a thunderbolt?
Don’t worry. The thunderbolt is in town and she has collaborated with NYSCI and the Creator’s Project on an education series for middle school students. Björk, the Icelandic music superstar, has made New York City the first U.S. stop on her Biophilia tour, with shows at NYSCI and Roseland Ballroom. Not content to just sing about nature and science, Björk has made education an integral part of her New York residency. Through the Biophilia Education Series, music and science instructors are educating 50 Queens students by using Björk songs to teach topics like dark matter, crystalline structures, and viruses. Students were recruited from middle schools in our neighboring communities of Corona and Flushing.
In the Biophilia after-school workshops and this week’s winter break camp, students explore the fundamentals of music composition and production using iPad apps created by Björk for her latest project, Biophilia. Students also participate in demonstrations and hands-on activities led by NYSCI instructors that explore the scientific themes of Biophilia. The result is a unique educational experience that will get kids feeling electrified about songs, nature and technology.
Think of it as a bolt of inventiveness for science and music learning.
Photo: Students learn about the phases of the moon at a Biophilia workshop. Photo by Andrew Kelly. View more photos.
Congrats to the outstanding participants in yesterday’s White House Science Fair.
And NYSCI salutes our partners recognized by the White House yesterday for their commitments to boost STEM teaching and learning. Among them:
Making the Future, Cognizant’s philanthropic initiative which is providing the support for our soon-to-be-completed MakerSpace (opens March 2012…)
100K in 10, where NYSCI has committed to building a new center for design-based teaching and learning.
Change the Equation, which has recognized our Science Career Ladder as a model program for mentoring the next generation of STEM leaders.