Michael flynns cooperative phonograph at #makerfaire at #nysci in #newyork

Michael flynns cooperative phonograph at #makerfaire at #nysci in #newyork

The Buzz about Cicadas

People are buzzing about the anticipated influx of billions of cicadas to the eastern United States. Some are eagerly awaiting their arrival, while others are sure to be spooked by the insects’ beady red eyes and orange wings.

The New York area is part of the Magicicada Brood II’s range and can expect to see the insects sometime in April or May. After spending 17 years underground, they will emerge when the ground, at 8 inches deep, reaches a steady temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit. To help residents predict the emergence of the bugs, NYSCI has teamed up with Radiolab and WNYC  to offer workshops on how to build your own cicada detector. Participants will use the detectors to observe the ground temperature at their homes and record their findings on a special website. In the process, they’ll learn some DIY skills and citizen science, while helping the rest of us prepare for the cicadas’ appearance.

A clear view of the space shuttle Enterprise caught flying by Worlds Fair Marina this morning by our staff. Photos: Lana Medvedeva.

Last week, we travelled together with our families to the New York Hall of Science, in Queens, where Charles and Ray Eames’s Mathematica exhibit, originally created for IBM in the 1960s, is on permanent display. It’s a masterpiece of lo-fi installation design, not a screen to be found, just clear, hands-on exhibits that illustrate concepts with creativity and without pandering. 

The day after our visit, my daughter wanted to return.
 

We are now accepting entries for the 2nd Annual World Maker Faire New York, September 17 and 18, 2011 at the New York Hall of Science. We look forward to reviewing your application.

Key Points: World Maker Faire New York: September 17 and 18, 2011.

Entry Open Date: June 1, 2011. Please enter early so we can reserve space for your exhibit.

Entry Close Date: August 20, 2011 **Extended**

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Via Flickr: July 16, 2011: Dragon Boat Family Day held in the Great Hall at NYSCI. Featuring: Dragon Boats on display; Paddle Machine competitions; Lion Dance, Kung Fu & Chinese Dance performances; Lion Mask and Boat making. Presented by NYSCI and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York. This program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Sciences. Photo: Shimpei Takeda courtesy of NYSCI

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Via Flickr:
July 16, 2011: Dragon Boat Family Day held in the Great Hall at NYSCI.

Featuring: Dragon Boats on display; Paddle Machine competitions; Lion Dance, Kung Fu & Chinese Dance performances; Lion Mask and Boat making.

Presented by NYSCI and the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York. This program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

Photo: Shimpei Takeda courtesy of NYSCI

Coaching Science in Catholic Schools

When you think of a coach, images of push-ups and laps around the track may come to mind. At NYSCI, our coach doesn’t carry a whistle or make you do jumping jacks, but she will help you think differently about science.

Jasmine Maldonado has been a Science Coach Specialist at NYSCI since 2007. She provides teachers with different approaches for their science lessons.

“The NYSCI approach is more hands-on and inquiry-based as opposed to just teaching out of a textbook,” says Jasmine. “We encourage teachers to ask their students questions that require explanations, not just yes or no answers.”

As a Science Coach Specialist, Jasmine is an integral contributor to The Partnership for Inner-City Education, which works to improve science education at Catholic schools in New York City. Jasmine visits schools new to the program on a weekly basis and checks on existing schools on a biweekly basis.

Since it’s start in 2007, the program has worked with approximately 100 teachers and 3,000 students. Participating schools have seen increased use of the school’s science labs, an increase in hands-on and inquiry-based science teaching across the grades, increased student participation in regional science and technology competitions, and improved state science exam scores.

Interest in the program is high. Two more schools were just added to the program during the 2010 – 2011 school year, with more expected next year. Due to demand, NYSCI is hoping to expand by bringing on another Science Coach Specialist. 

In a study looking at the efficacy of the coaching model, The Partnership for Inner-City Education stated:

"NYSCI’s work with our schools has transformed the way science is being taught. Students are so engaged during and inspired by their science classes that they are dreaming about pursuing careers in science. The teachers are highly motivated by the children’s enthusiasm and want to continue to expand their knowledge in this subject." 

Now, go run another lap around the microscope.

NYSCI is gearing up for this years Maker Faire. Stay tuned for more details …

tabbooks:

TAB is starting to plan for the 2011 NYC Maker Faire! Lots of cool things planned aroung this year’s MF - our first Meetup, the 2011 edition of the official Team TAB Maker Faire NYC skateboard, and more. See you in Queens!