LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE
Thirty days to World Maker Faire 2012. Today we launch a countdown with sneak peeks at some of the projects that will make this year’s event the most outrageous, inspiring and educational Maker Faire yet. Follow the SciSpotlight all September to see what we have planned for you at World Maker Faire on September 29-30.
We kick off with a look at World’s Fair 2.0, a game that time-travels you into the past—and the future. Using an iPhone, you’ll go on a virtual scavenger hunt in and around NYSCI to answer the question: How did the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs shape Queens’ geography and its collectively imagined future?
Maker Faire attendees will be the first to get a chance to try out the game. World’s Fair 2.0 is a co-production of People’s Production House and REV- and will be officially unveiled as part of ReGeneration, a new NYSCI exhibition opening October 27. ReGeneration challenges visitors to think about our communities and imagine how they might be more sustainable and more livable. In the case of World’s Fair 2.0, the game explores continuities between the Utopian vision of World’s Fairs past and the visions we have today for our cities of the future. 
Check back tomorrow to find out which icons of Maker Faire Bay Area will make their NYC debut this year…

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE

Thirty days to World Maker Faire 2012. Today we launch a countdown with sneak peeks at some of the projects that will make this year’s event the most outrageous, inspiring and educational Maker Faire yet. Follow the SciSpotlight all September to see what we have planned for you at World Maker Faire on September 29-30.

We kick off with a look at World’s Fair 2.0, a game that time-travels you into the past—and the future. Using an iPhone, you’ll go on a virtual scavenger hunt in and around NYSCI to answer the question: How did the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs shape Queens’ geography and its collectively imagined future?

Maker Faire attendees will be the first to get a chance to try out the game. World’s Fair 2.0 is a co-production of People’s Production House and REV- and will be officially unveiled as part of ReGeneration, a new NYSCI exhibition opening October 27. ReGeneration challenges visitors to think about our communities and imagine how they might be more sustainable and more livable. In the case of World’s Fair 2.0, the game explores continuities between the Utopian vision of World’s Fairs past and the visions we have today for our cities of the future. 

Check back tomorrow to find out which icons of Maker Faire Bay Area will make their NYC debut this year…

Beauty in the Eye of the Microscope

A rose by any other name … Oh wait, those are stink bug eggs.

Through Friday, the eighth Olympus BioScapes Imaging Competition brings images of beauty captured under light microscopes to our museum. The winning images were selected from more than 2,000 submissions and reflect the latest advances in neuroscience and cell biology. Visitors can marvel at the beauty of stink bug eggs, be awed by the iridescent colors of a damselfly eye, and yes, even admire the peony-like splendor of a fruit fly’s ovaries.

And you thought you’d seen everything.

Photo: Stink Bug Eggs by Haris Antonopoulos

Inspired by Science: the latest in a series of videos featuring individual stories of NYSCI Explainers:

Angelo used to visit NYSCI as a child and now he works there. As an Explainer, he gets to do some of his favorite things (talking to people & making new friends) while learning science. Watch the video to find out how Angelo became inspired by science.

PRESS RELEASE: World Maker Faire Returns

QUEENS, NY—(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - World Maker Faire returns to New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) on Saturday, September 29 from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday, September 30 from 10am to 6pm to showcase the world’s most extraordinary gathering of DIY talents in science, technology, crafting, fashion, food, sustainability, and more. 

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When we first started working on Design Lab, we invited a number of exhibition firms to come in to talk to us about how we might collaborate on this project. This process helped us to realize that we were not really creating an exhibition space per se, but rather an armature or environment…

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Nephila maculata, one of the world’s biggest spiders can be seen at NYSCI’s exhibit- ‘How Webs are Made’. 

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Nephila maculata, one of the world’s biggest spiders can be seen at NYSCI’s exhibit- ‘How Webs are Made’. 

Lights, Camera, Science! Explainer TV brings science to YouTube

It may not have the glamour of filming at a Hollywood studio lot, but our Explainer TV program uses all the skills and tricks utilized by professional filmmakers. The program syncs science and education with video editing, marketing and communications to teach our Explainers, those multi-talented, red-aproned exhibit interpreters, to script, produce and film short videos about science.
 
The program has trained more than 20 high school and college Explainers since 2010. At last count, 26 videos have been created, earning more than 13,000 views on YouTube. Video topics include oobleck, ferrofluid and nanotechnology, as well as coverage of our events and exhibits.
 
The resulting videos are humorous and charming, and show the fun of science to viewers around the world. No gray card is needed to know that this program gets it just right.

Ferrofluid explained: Explainer TV’s latest video on how Ferrofluid works demonstrating NYSCI’s Ferrofluid Magnetoscope device.

The world inside a fish tank - curiosity abound at Engineering Day, NYSCI

The world inside a fish tank - curiosity abound at Engineering Day, NYSCI

Looking through the Ferrofluid Magnetoscope (NYSCI). Photo: Andrew Kelly

Looking through the Ferrofluid Magnetoscope (NYSCI). Photo: Andrew Kelly