makerspace-nysci:

We have had numerous ground breaking workshops in the Maker Space since we opened, from sewing machines to simple robots - crayon candles and gravity racers to blinking plastic orbs and aliens. The Maker Space staff is thrilled to present today 7 brand new workshops that will push the boundaries…

This fascinating “making of” video created by SITU Studio (architects for Design Lab), Surveying the Great Hall captures the impressive scaffolding used in the restoration of the “Cathedral of Science.” As their custom camera rig slowly lifts 70 feet from floor to ceiling, “the camera will be slowly rotating and tilting to survey the space with a corkscrew motion.”

View their complete blog post here.

NYSCI just produced a new iBook that will change the way you view the role of science in the legal system: http://nysci.org/false-conviction/

NYSCI just produced a new iBook that will change the way you view the role of science in the legal system: http://nysci.org/false-conviction/

Interested in cosmetics? Today at NYSCI as part of Engineering Week, learn about cosmetic engineering, a branch of chemical engineering, from students and the founder of the Cosmetic Engineering program at Manhattan College.

Interested in cosmetics? Today at NYSCI as part of Engineering Week, learn about cosmetic engineering, a branch of chemical engineering, from students and the founder of the Cosmetic Engineering program at Manhattan College.

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library-nysci:

Monday January 20, 2014, Martin Luther King’s Birthday.  FIRST VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISIT. Jean Marzollo read from her book, The Little Plant Doctor: The Story of George Washington Carver.  
It worked. The children were engaged during the reading. When Jean mentioned that she was happy to read about George Washington Carver on Martin Luther King Day, there was a current that ran through the children - a silent gasp. They got the connection and nodded and smiled and understood. 
In preparing for this event, I strived to keep my cynicism in check.  What about a live author signing her books for the audience? What about being THERE to encourage question?  
The audience participation and question asking period was dismal.  I interjected some of my tried and true, like “What was your favorite book when you were a child?”  (Mary Poppins).  It took a while for anyone to come up with a question.  This might have been due to the make-up of the group, being mostly children of immigrants and not raised to feel entitled.
Well, it worked for what it was… an alternative manner of presenting an author.  But why were we not packed in the library?  We had a nice bunch of listeners, but the dowel activity downstairs had people waiting in line.  Why weren’t they clamoring to get in here?  This mystifies me!
Yes, we will attempt more of these events in the future.  The challenge is choosing the right date.  Any Saturday might work, but not if the Museum is sparsely attended.  The only date that we ever really have a crowd in the library is on President’s Day in February.  We already have a live author booked for that day: Elliott Kaufman reading from his book, NUMBERS EVERYWHERE.

library-nysci:

Monday January 20, 2014, Martin Luther King’s Birthday.  FIRST VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISIT. Jean Marzollo read from her book, The Little Plant Doctor: The Story of George Washington Carver. 

It worked. The children were engaged during the reading. When Jean mentioned that she was happy to read about George Washington Carver on Martin Luther King Day, there was a current that ran through the children - a silent gasp. They got the connection and nodded and smiled and understood.

In preparing for this event, I strived to keep my cynicism in check.  What about a live author signing her books for the audience? What about being THERE to encourage question? 

The audience participation and question asking period was dismal.  I interjected some of my tried and true, like “What was your favorite book when you were a child?”  (Mary Poppins).  It took a while for anyone to come up with a question.  This might have been due to the make-up of the group, being mostly children of immigrants and not raised to feel entitled.

Well, it worked for what it was… an alternative manner of presenting an author.  But why were we not packed in the library?  We had a nice bunch of listeners, but the dowel activity downstairs had people waiting in line.  Why weren’t they clamoring to get in here?  This mystifies me!

Yes, we will attempt more of these events in the future.  The challenge is choosing the right date.  Any Saturday might work, but not if the Museum is sparsely attended.  The only date that we ever really have a crowd in the library is on President’s Day in February.  We already have a live author booked for that day: Elliott Kaufman reading from his book, NUMBERS EVERYWHERE.

Full STEAM Ahead

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STEM – the acronym popular with educators and policymakers – shortens the decidedly clunky phrase: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But something seemed to be missing. So leaders from science, engineering, mathematics, education and design have been advocating incorporating art and design into STEM education. In other words, STEM should now be referred to as STEAM.

A writer from The Atlantic, who applauded the new STEAM acronym, quoted NYSCI’s President and CEO Margaret Honey as saying “It’s not about adding on arts education. It’s about fundamentally changing education to incorporate the experimentation and exploration that is at the heart of effective education.” 

Playable Fashion

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Computer hackers and fashion designers don’t usually have a lot in common. But this weekend at NYSCI, teenagers at the Playable Fashion workshop will be a little bit of both.

Twenty teens at the free, two-day workshop will learn how to hack a digital game and will design and create their own wearable, game controller glove. In the process, they’ll learn about sewing, circuits, switches, sensors and the digital tools needed to produce a video game. 

The program, a partnership between NYSCI, Eyebeam and the HIVE NYC Network, encourages a multidisciplinary approach to learning, covering skills in technology, fashion and video game design.

Design Lab Install, a set on Flickr.Get ready! Spring 2014 Design Lab is opening to the public #designthinking
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Design Lab Install, a set on Flickr.

Get ready! Spring 2014 Design Lab is opening to the public #designthinking
#nysci rockets in #snow #newyork #snowstorm (at New York Hall of Science)

#nysci rockets in #snow #newyork #snowstorm (at New York Hall of Science)