Future Weather: science can change lives

FutureWeather: Official Trailer from Jenny Deller on Vimeo.

Beginning March 1, the NYC premiere of Future Weather will launch at the reRun Gastropub Theater along with a series of post screening events centered around making science more accessible to youth.

Future Weather is about a 13-year-old loner passionate about nature and worried about global warming. Her grandmother, is a fiery nurse jaded by alcohol and disappointment. When Lauduree is abruptly abandoned by her dreamer single mom, she decides to take survival into her own hands, forcing her and Greta to rethink their futures.

On March 5, come join NYSCI’s Liz Slagus along with Flora Lichtman (NPR’s Science Friday), Molly Webster (WNYC’s “Radiolab”), and Future Weather director Jenny Deller discuss Bringing Science to the People.

Stay tuned for an upcoming Explainer TV interview with the film’s director.

makerspace-nysci:

This Just in!!  All the AWESOMENESS that happened here as part of the Learning Labs Pop-up on Saturday 2/16 as seen through the eyes of Explainer TV.  

Mike Wilson and his team of Explainers not only had a cool digital pic station at the Pop-up, but they were running around taking videos and pics of all the happy people.  YEAH!!

Maker Space Pop Up was a success! Til we meet again …

library-nysci:

On Monday (Presidents Day) the library hosted author and Channel 7 Weather Man, Bill Evans. He wrote a book about weather, It’s Raining Fish & Spiders.  His book sold out in 5 minutes. 

For the 2:30 show, over 250 people enjoyed Mr. Evan’s discussion and slides about weather and his book. We learned a lot about meteorology.

Bill generously took time to pose with his fans (including your librarian!).

Now that’s a packed science library!

Pop-Up STEM Party

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When the urge hits to hack, remix, design and make, New York City teens can visit a special pop-up at NYSCI this Saturday. The Learning Labs Pop-Up introduces teens to web design, digital photography, 3D printing, computer animation, sound recording and more in a free workshop made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum Library and Services.

Approximately 50 teens are expected to attend this Saturday’s event. Activity highlights include a Mozilla web maker session by Hive NYC, digital beat making by World Up, and 3D printing by Pixel Academy. With games, food and prizes, the event will feel more like a party than a science lab.

Saturday’s Pop-Up Learning Labs will run from 1 – 4 pm, with another one planned for April 13. Pop on by!

Where’d You Get Those Pants?

imageA quirky fashion trend has been spotted around the city: crazily patterned pants with blue plaid, harlequin checks, and orange and brown swirls. The pants have crossed age and gender lines, with males and females, young and old, wearing the trendsetting garments.

The pants can’t be found at your neighborhood Gap store or at your favorite vintage clothing shop. In fact, they’re not really clothing at all, but a small photograph of pants attached to a thin stick. Using the “StickPic”, the camera on your mobile device, and a willing fashion victim, you can create a fun photo of someone wearing the crazy pants. But to make the photo truly come alive, you’ll need to use a little math.

StickPics are part of Digital Design Lab, a new project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will create mobile apps for use in classrooms throughout the country. The Fancy Pants app, to be released later this year, will be the first of four apps that will turn your mobile phone into a scientific and mathematical tool. Fancy Pants will focus on proportions and forced perspective photography – math concepts that allow you to take a photo of your friend “wearing” those outrageous pants. Digital Design Lab will also include web videos with science-based design challenges and a website where students can post their ideas and solutions.

The central part of this project, however, are the apps, which will allow users to measure and document unexpected phenomena – like that guy wearing those pink psychedelic pants.

makerspace-nysci:

Wow! Today we had our second teen hangout with a visit from our first adult advisor, Mike from Pixel Academy.

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He was here to show us some super cool 3D modeling software he uses to create digital video games. The platform is pretty complicated but the teens worked hard to grasp the…

NYSCI’s star photographer Andrew Kelly put this little slide show of photo’s from ReMake the Holidays’ SOUND activities, and activated it with Ben Garthus’ Recycled Percussion rhythms. We’re so happy these events not only inspire our participants, but also our photographer. Thanks Andrew!

NYSCI, Hunter College & New Visions want you to join the Urban Teacher Residency. Apply now!

Be a part of history on January 12 as Scott Kildall’s Time Capsule is buried in NYSCI’s Rocket Park as part of Get Involved (Part 2), a focus on ReGeneration artists and projects that are on exhibit at NYSCI through January 13.
Scott’s project Imagine 2049 is a community-generated time capsule filled with ideas for a better, more sustainable society. 
Other workshops during the day include Biomodd’s Recycled Energy: make a USB solar charger that charges everyday electronic devices; and Shih Chieh Huang’s Inflatables: build a giant inflatable structure using found and recycled materials.

Be a part of history on January 12 as Scott Kildall’s Time Capsule is buried in NYSCI’s Rocket Park as part of Get Involved (Part 2), a focus on ReGeneration artists and projects that are on exhibit at NYSCI through January 13.

Scott’s project Imagine 2049 is a community-generated time capsule filled with ideas for a better, more sustainable society. 

Other workshops during the day include Biomodd’s Recycled Energy: make a USB solar charger that charges everyday electronic devices; and Shih Chieh Huang’s Inflatables: build a giant inflatable structure using found and recycled materials.

library-nysci:

Thank you Bruce Goldstone!

Author Bruce Goldstone visited the Science Technology Library and read from his book GREAT ESTIMATIONS on Saturday December 29th.  The crowd enjoyed learning about strategies for estimating huge numbers of cherries, paper clips, rubber duckies and more.  Bruce had them thinking about numbers and having fun. 

Fans were able to purchase signed copies of the book.  Thanks to our gift shop for setting up operations in our library.  Of course it SOLD OUT.

His next book is on PROBABILITY and he is currently working on one about VISUAL PATTERNS.  We hope that Bruce comes back to teach and read to us about those fascinating subjects.

More info about Bruce at his website.

Many thanks to our Library volunteers, Betty, Ava and Kristin for making both sessions run smoothly.