Leap Back in Time


Move over iPhone, the Motorola Dyna TAC brick cellular phone is back in town. At least for the weekend, anyway. The Motorola, along with the Pong video game, the IBM Selectric typewriter, and other devices from bygone days will be available for hands-on exploration on Saturday and Sunday at NYSCI as part of the ChronoLeap: Technolution event.

The event complements ChronoLeap: The Great World’s Fair Adventure project that partnered the University of Central Florida with NYSCI and the Queens Museum of Art. The project created a free, downloadable game that transports users to a virtual version of the 1964/65 World’s Fair, along with educational programs and activities that accompany the game.

So put down that smartphone, rev up your time machine, and get to NYSCI this weekend!


IBM Team makes world’s smallest movie with ATOMS: ‘A Boy and His Atom’
This video holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made). The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM’s research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times.

Mathematica and the next generation of Big Data Geeks


NYSCI’s Eric Siegel is guest blogger on IBM’s Build A Smarter Planet blog today:

To celebrate the history of math and its impact on the world, IBM has released Minds of Modern Mathematics, a free iPad app that re-imagines a classic 50-foot infographic on the history of math that was part of the Mathematica exhibit at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City.  Eric Siegel, director and chief content officer of the New York Hall of Science, says the exhibit remains relevant to this day.

Mathematica (by IBMSocialMedia)

This is a mini-documentary about the Mathematica exhibit at the New York Hall of Science. The exhibit, which celebrates mathematicians and helps children appreciate math, was designed for IBM for the 1964 World’s Fair by the design team of Charles and Ray Eames. This video was made on the occasion of the release of an iPad app about the exhibit.

Teachers TryScience Beta

NYSCI is proud to announce the launch of TeachersTryScience.org. A resource for teachers to collaborate on ideas and share their skills in science education. View the latest lessons plans posted by NYSCI and TeachEngineering and start uploading your teaching strategies by joining the TryScience community!


Teachers TryScience builds on the original TryScience.org, launched in 1999 as a portal for interactivity with more than 400 science and technology centers worldwide. TryScience.org offers activities, experiments and resources for field trips and classroom science learning.