LED Grow Lights like the ones we’re making today at NYSCI

LED Grow Lights like the ones we’re making today at NYSCI

Here’s a peek at the creation of Shih Chieh Huang's 99Plus, one of ten original installations that make up ReGeneration, NYSCI’s new exhibition exploring cultural sustainability opening October 27. The piece is an integration of science and technology, reflecting the various adaptations and interactions of living beings in a complex, evolving environment.

The installation is constructed largely of items found at dollar discount stores throughout Queens neighborhoods, combined with LEDs, computer fans, microcontrollers and inflatables. The resulting exhibit features electronic, kinetic sculptures that make noise, generate patterns of light and movement, and generally interact with one another in an animal-like ecology.

As the world becomes more connected geographically and electronically, across linguistic, cultural and physical boundaries, it becomes more important to synthesize an ecological understanding of the way humans interact in a cooperative environment. Viewers will ideally walk away from the exhibit with a notion of themselves in an incomprehensible but beautiful and ultimately generous understanding of social structures.

A mere glimpse at day one of World Maker Faire 2012.

Photos: Andrew Kelly

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE - Blinkybugs are simple, electronic “insects” that respond to movement, vibration, and wind by blinking their LED eyes. What started as an afternoon DIY project has become a combination book and kit, and a project not to be missed at World Maker Faire 2012.
See more of what’s coming to World Maker Faire here.

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE - Blinkybugs are simple, electronic “insects” that respond to movement, vibration, and wind by blinking their LED eyes. What started as an afternoon DIY project has become a combination book and kit, and a project not to be missed at World Maker Faire 2012.

See more of what’s coming to World Maker Faire here.

Bling is the Thing

Late last month, 450 of New York’s top business and community leaders gathered to discuss important topics such as the need to engage our youth in the sciences, the challenge of mitigating climate change, the direction of our nation’s educational system, and … how to create your own bling.

Using an LED and a battery, the Create-Your-Own-Bling project was a big hit at this year’s Evening of Science and Inspiration, NYSCI’s annual fundraising gala, which raised $1 million to support NYSCI’s research and programs. Using a theme of Design, Make, Play, the evening included activities such as building paper air dancers, writing laser graffiti, and doodling in the dark.

This year’s honorees included Google, which received the Vision & Benture Award for bold corporate vision to establish a creative corporate environment for achievement in science and technology; Kevin Parker, head of Deutsche Bank Global Asset Management, who received the Global Science Award for world-renowned excellence in engineering, technology and visionary leadership; and John Slaughter, the first African-American director of the National Science Foundation and former CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, who was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Award for transformation, ingenuity and excellence in science.