"Reduce the amount of information, reduce the number of facts that we ask kids to cram into their heads, so that there is time in the school day for students to explore, to try things out and then … go back and revisit their ideas," she says. "So, the shift in vision by [Next Generation] would put kids in more active charge of their learning."
That’s a chaotic kind of classroom to manage, but it’s key, Colson says, to getting more students out of the science boredom rut and saying, “This is real. It makes sense. It’s interesting.”
Watch this quick video from the Associated Press featuring NYSCI’s world record-breaking Gingerbread Lane and its creator, Chef Jon Lovitch. We are psyched to know that Jon is already planning for 2014!
The Merriam-Webster dictionary noted an increased interest in the word “science” this year and crowned the word as its 2013 Word of the Year.
"It is a word that is connected to broad cultural dichotomies: observation and intuition, evidence and tradition. A wide variety of discussions centered on science this year, from climate change to educational policy. We saw heated debates about ‘phony’ science, or whether science held all the answers." The result was a 176 percent increase in lookups of the word "science" in 2013 compared with 2012.
Commissioned by the New York Hall of Science for ReGeneration, artist Amy Franceschini has created a mobile fieldwork station that aims to challenge the dominance of ”modern quantitative science as compared to the long tradition of qualitative indigenous knowledge through an inventory of…
What’s scarier than Dracula, spookier than the headless horseman, and more disturbing than a Miley Cyrus Twerking costume?
Answer: A mysterious disease called white nose syndrome. The illness is killing North American bats by the millions. Named for the white fungus that appears on the infected bat’s face and wings, the disease infects colonies of bats, making them wake up from their hibernation and causing them to leave their caves in search of insects to eat…in the dead of winter, when it’s freezing cold and there’s no insects to be found. Since 2007, when the disease was first documented, nearly 6 million bats have died from the disease, making this one of our nation’s most critical wildlife issues.
So what can you do about it? Start by learning the truth about America’s bats. They won’t drink your blood or get tangled in your hair. In fact, they are an important part of our ecosystem. This weekend, we have a family-friendly program by the Organization for Bat Conservation that will teach you and your kids the basics about bats. Plus, you’ll even get to see a few live bats in person!
Glass vials, a row of chemicals, and an alcohol lamp. Perhaps nothing symbolized the excitement of science in the early to mid-20th century better than a chemistry set. The classic kits got kids tinkering, experimenting and thinking about science. In the process, they inspired a generation of inventors and scientists, some of whom became Nobel Prize-winners. But somewhere along the way, spurred by safety concerns and legal changes, chemistry sets faded in popularity.
A new competition, launched this week, aims to find the 21st century version of the classic chemistry set. A collaboration between the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Society for Science & the Public, the Science, Play and Research Kit competition (SPARK) challenges participants to generate a new set of experiences and activities that encourage imagination and interest in science, bringing the spirit of the classic chemistry set to today’s children.
Margaret Honey, NYSCI’s president and CEO, is an advisor to the competition, which will offer tangible ways to get more kids experimenting with science.
The competition’s top award is for the best science kit prototype with a prize of $50,000. Additional prizes ranging from $1,000 – $25,000 will be awarded for runners-up and idea submissions.
Tonight, we are presenting the New York debut of Empire Drive-In, a drive-in movie theater where the cars are provided. Movies, live performances and the chance to climb in and out of wrecked cars has people buzzing.
But a deeper message underlies the fun of the outdoor shows. Artists Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark created Empire Drive-In to get people thinking about creative reuse, our disposable car culture, and technological obsolescence. The 60 cars in the installation come from a Brooklyn junkyard, the 40-foot screen is made from salvaged wood, and even the concession stand is made from recycled materials. The artists reclaimed these discarded materials: piecing them together, sprucing them up, and putting them to work again.
Now if only we could do the same for our government.
Join us at 4pm EST to catch the live stream discussion on Google Hangout. Make sure you RSVP.
STEM Career Nights at NYSCI are events that bring together professionals with NYSCI Explainers to connect, network, learn and engage in the full range of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This STEM night is about careers at Google, introducing Explainers to the diversity of people who choose to become engineers, technology experts, or other related careers. We’ll discuss how different perspectives and different backgrounds are an asset to coming up with science and engineering solutions.
Featuring panelists from Google, and moderated by the Deputy Director of the Science Career Ladder, Priya Mohabir, NYSCI will also host a special Q&A and networking session.
Schedule: • 4:00pm: Welcome Remarks by Eric Siegel, NYSCI Director & Chief Content Officer • 4:10pm: Panel Introduction & Moderation of Q&A by Priya Mohabir, Deputy Director, Science Career Ladder • 5:10pm: Closing Remarks by Ellen Wahl, Director, Youth Development & Entrepreneurship • 5:15pm: Networking Session w/ Refreshments