A rose by any other name … Oh wait, those are stink bug eggs.
Through Friday, the eighth Olympus BioScapes Imaging Competition brings images of beauty captured under light microscopes to our museum. The winning images were selected from more than 2,000 submissions and reflect the latest advances in neuroscience and cell biology. Visitors can marvel at the beauty of stink bug eggs, be awed by the iridescent colors of a damselfly eye, and yes, even admire the peony-like splendor of a fruit fly’s ovaries.
And you thought you’d seen everything.
Photo: Stink Bug Eggs by Haris Antonopoulos
QUEENS, NY—(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - World Maker Faire returns to New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on Saturday, September 29 from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday, September 30 from 10am to 6pm to showcase the world’s most extraordinary gathering of DIY talents in science, technology, crafting, fashion, food, sustainability, and more.
from NYSCI President and CEO, Margaret Honey:
Last week, Peter Orszag wrote an article linking summer learning loss with skyrocketing childhood obesity rates.. For decades, educational researchers have studied summer learning loss — sometimes called the “summer brain drain.” In short, summer vacation negates some of the learning achieved during the academic year. This is particularly so for children on the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum.
We don’t expect kids to do algebra at the beach, but there’s any number of ways to incorporate science and math into their summer schedules. And summer learning is, you know, fun and active.
Want to learn about molecules? Understand extremophiles? There’s an app for that!
NYSCI Explainers have just had their first apps developed as part of Explainers As Designers. The project is a variation on Iridescent’s Technovation Challenge, with teams of Explainers learning the ins and outs of app development while also getting some baseline knowledge of what it takes to successfully bring an app to market. Two apps — Bio-Hatcher and Molecule Rush — were selected as winners and have just been made available for download in both the iTunes and Google Play stores.
“I wouldn’t have thought of trying to program anything prior to taking part in the Explainers as Designers Program,” said Jacqueline, a member of the winning team.
Each app builds on content found at NYSCI exhibits and adds yet another interactive component to the exhibit experience, in the form of games you can play anywhere anytime. It’s a bit of NYSCI in your pocket.
Get ready for the Garbage-Men, a group of 10th graders who perform music on instruments made from recycled materials like cereal boxes, PVC pipes, and even a saxophone made from a Fisher-Price corn popper toy. The Garbage-Men are performing live throughout NYC this weekend, including two shows at NYSCI on Saturday at 1 and 3 pm.
We’re looking for a few hundred makers. Are you one of them? Save the Date and start working on your projects (if you haven’t already…) Maker Faire New York is right around the corner and as of this morning, the Call for Makers is open.
Step one for participating is to submit an entry so we can learn about you and your project. Here’s just a sampling of what makes for a great Maker Faire exhibit:
- Student Projects
- Music Performance and Participation
- 3D Printers and CNC Mills
- Textile Arts and Crafts
- Home Energy Monitoring
- Rockets and RC Toys
- Green Tech
- Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
- Electric Vehicles
- Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
- Food and Beverage Makers
- Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
- Unusual Tools or Machines
- How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.
Not planning a project but still can’t wait for Maker Faire New York? Standby. Tickets go on sale soon and we’ll be warming up all summer with community gatherings, Maker Weekends at NYSCI and more.
One last chance to feed the giraffes! Puppet Parade held over this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, 11a to 5p. Come play at NYSCI.
Top 4 recommendations from the working group on Advancing Women in STEM:
1 Require “STEM” Studies. Set a common K-12 curriculum of science, technology, engineering and math. Expose girls to female role models.
2 Recruit, Retain and Advance Women. Find at least one female candidate for every technical job. Reward the C-suite for retaining and promoting women.
4 Engage 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.
The Connectory at Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds
National Girls Collaborative Project
Girls RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering)Museum Network
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 …
Photo by Liz Titone
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.