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.

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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.

Remake the Holidays - Sound -, a set on Flickr.Some more ReMake to bring in the New Year! May you ReMake 2013 from NYSCI!
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Remake the Holidays - Sound -, a set on Flickr.

Some more ReMake to bring in the New Year! May you ReMake 2013 from NYSCI!

New York Hall of Science Evening of Science and Inspiration

"One of my science teachers was an explainer. She used to tell me her stories," Taveras said. "I wanted to see what it was like to interact with people on a daily basis."

Throughout December, NYSCI’s Maker Space will be bustling with “Cardboard Creations.” Using cardboard and tape, design, make and build your own arcade games. This program was inspired by 9-year-old Caine Monroy, who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store. Free with NYSCI admission.

(Source: explainers-nysci)

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Marlene Kliman of TERC shares ways to incorporate math skills in every day life.  The NYSCI Library has worked with this great organization in past projects. TERC’s mission is to improve mathematics and science education.  We can certainly appreciate that!
Check out the Mixing in Math video at momshomeroom.msn.com

library-nysci:

Marlene Kliman of TERC shares ways to incorporate math skills in every day life.  The NYSCI Library has worked with this great organization in past projects. TERC’s mission is to improve mathematics and science education.  We can certainly appreciate that!

Check out the Mixing in Math video at momshomeroom.msn.com

Need a reason to give to NYSCI this year? Here’s a 1 minute reminder.

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New York Hall of Science Teaches Genetics with Video Games

GeniGames teaches both research and applied science, says SciPlay Director David Kanter. Four versions of the game will be used in different New York City high school science classes this winter, while SciPlay researchers track which elements contribute to students’ understanding of scientific concepts. “We’re measuring learning, but we’re also measuring a lot of different affective dimensions of learning like motivation, engagement, and emotional state,” Kanter says. “As opposed to taking it for granted that games are great and that everything should be gamified, we’re trying to understand what the value is [and] for whom.”

In GeniGames’ first version, students design and breed their perfect pet lizard as they learn about concepts like meiosis and genetic inheritance. The second version adds a bit of narrative backstory to the game and replaces lizards with dragons, using the same scientific curriculum. The third adds an element of competition by asking students to design dragons for specific tasks such as racing or catching fish. And the fourth adds the element of community: SciPlay will host a competitive tournament among participating classrooms. Underlying the game are sound genetic concepts based on the known genomes of various animals, so it is realistic, Kanter says.

The study is set to end in August 2014. “We have a hypothesis that not all of these gaming elements are across-the-board great for all kids, so we will be looking into our data at the level of individual students to figure out for whom does narrative really work,” Kanter says. Data gathered in the high schools could also help SciPlay and its collaborators to eventually design games for younger children, he adds.

Christie Rizk is a reporter and editor based in New York. She was most recently an assistant editor for GenomeWeb’s Genome Technology magazine, and has worked as a reporter, editor, and producer at Reuters, Thomson Financial, and The Brooklyn Paper.

Mike Wilson’s Nano Rap at the NYSCI Village, World Maker Faire 2012.

Mike Wilson’s Nano Rap at the NYSCI Village, World Maker Faire 2012.

Making Meaning [M2] conference.
October 1, 2012.
A Maker Education Initiative organized by the New York Hall of Science.

Making Meaning [M2] conference.

October 1, 2012.

A Maker Education Initiative organized by the New York Hall of Science.