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Beyond rooftop gardens: Farmers Market 2.0 @ NYSCI

Learn about the ideas and methods for urban growing and food preparation at this conceptual winter farmers’ market, December 1, 2012; noon – 4 pm. Traditional market stalls will be filled with hands-on activities, artist projects, demonstrations, and of course, food! Free with NYSCI admission.

Staged presentations:

Demos and stalls by:

  • Butter-making with Little Makers
  • Hydroponic farming systems with Boswyck Farms
  • Solar panels with Biomodd’s Tamara Sabler and Zach Smart
  • Spice bundles, seed bombs and seed masks with NYSCI Explainers 

This community-based food event focuses on the cultural and sustainable elements of food and food production that pertain to ecology. The event complements NYSCI’s ReGeneration exhibition.

LED Grow Lights like the ones we’re making today at NYSCI

LED Grow Lights like the ones we’re making today at NYSCI

Next at NYSCI: ReGeneration

New York Hall of Science Presents ReGeneration, Opening October 27

Ten artists present their interpretations of cultural sustainability

Queens, N.Y.ReGeneration, a new exhibition exploring the relationship between sustainability and cultural vitality, opens October 27 at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). The exhibition includes interactive works by 10 artists that inspire visitors to think about the notion of cultural sustainability through collaborative engagement and futuristic visions built upon the history and traditions of New York’s diverse neighborhoods. The exhibition runs through January 13, 2013.

 

Despite the near ubiquity of the term “sustainability,” there remains significant ambiguity about everything from the actual meaning of the term to overarching solutions to the challenges we face as a community. Technology and behavioral changes including energy production, agriculture, recycling and pollution reduction are all on the table as we work to understand and address the challenge of sustainability.

View the exhibition site here.

ReGeneration is an exhibition about the future,” says NYSCI president and CEO, Margaret Honey. “We challenged the artists to take inspiration from science and imagine a future where we live sustainably, not just in the foods we eat or the materials we use, but in our fundamental approach to how we view our communities and the interdependence between people and our environment.”

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A mere glimpse at day one of World Maker Faire 2012.

Photos: Andrew Kelly

Mayor Bloomberg Declares MAKER WEEK in NYC
NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2012) - World Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, and New York Hall of Science are proud to announce that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation have proclaimed that the week of September 24 - 30 as “Maker Week.” 
In honor of the third annual World Maker Faire on September 29-30, the proclamation embodies all that Maker Faire is and stands for: ingenuity, creativity, and a DIY spirit in a space that children and adults alike can see, learn, do, and explore. It brings together artists, food makers, tinkerers, crafters, engineers, scientists, and innovators — a community who loves to make and share their passion for it with others. Maker Faire is thrilled to have the entire week declared “Maker Week” and share the maker movement with the City of New York.
There will be maker activities, conversations, and gatherings all week in the city. Here are a few of the more notable:
Sunday, September 23 - RaspberryPi Foundation is visiting Alpha One Labs to give talks and workshops about RasberryPi to both members and RasberryPi user in the local community.
Thursday, September 27, 8:30am - Open Hardware Summit 2012: The world’s first comprehensive conference on open hardware, a venue to discuss and draw attention to the rapidly growing open-source hardware movement at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street.
Thursday, September 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm - NYU Speaker Series: Building Maker Communities - Dale Dougherty of O’Reilly Media, MAKE magazine, and Maker Faire, in conversation with Chris Anderson of Wired magazine. Paulson Auditorium, Tisch Hall, 40 W. 4th Street.
Friday, September 28, 10am - 1pm - World Maker Faire Education Day will provide 500 young New Yorkers from elementary and middle schools in Queens and the Bronx with an exclusive preview experience of World Maker Faire; 3:30pm - 5pm Teacher Meet Up. Both take place at the New York Hall of Science.
New York City Economic Development Corporation  Special Announcement about City initiatives in support of New York’s emerging technology sector, featuring EDC President, Seth Pinsky.  /Welcome 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Saturday, September 29th & Sunday, September 30th
World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science is a two-day, family friendly faire. It is a showcase of creativity and cool technology that celebrates the maker mindset. It’s inspiring, stimulating, and fun for all ages.
World Maker Faire is sponsored by RadioShack, Cognizant, Atmel, Red Bull, Disney, Time Warner Cable, ASUS, Autodesk, Crayola, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, Schick Xtreme3 Eco, ShopBot Tools, SketchUp, and General Motors LLC.

Mayor Bloomberg Declares MAKER WEEK in NYC

NEW YORK, NY—(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2012) - World Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, and New York Hall of Science are proud to announce that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation have proclaimed that the week of September 24 - 30 as “Maker Week.” 

In honor of the third annual World Maker Faire on September 29-30, the proclamation embodies all that Maker Faire is and stands for: ingenuity, creativity, and a DIY spirit in a space that children and adults alike can see, learn, do, and explore. It brings together artists, food makers, tinkerers, crafters, engineers, scientists, and innovators — a community who loves to make and share their passion for it with others. Maker Faire is thrilled to have the entire week declared “Maker Week” and share the maker movement with the City of New York.

There will be maker activities, conversations, and gatherings all week in the city. Here are a few of the more notable:

Sunday, September 23 - RaspberryPi Foundation is visiting Alpha One Labs to give talks and workshops about RasberryPi to both members and RasberryPi user in the local community.

Thursday, September 27, 8:30am - Open Hardware Summit 2012: The world’s first comprehensive conference on open hardware, a venue to discuss and draw attention to the rapidly growing open-source hardware movement at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street.

Thursday, September 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm - NYU Speaker Series: Building Maker Communities - Dale Dougherty of O’Reilly Media, MAKE magazine, and Maker Faire, in conversation with Chris Anderson of Wired magazine. Paulson Auditorium, Tisch Hall, 40 W. 4th Street.

Friday, September 28, 10am - 1pm - World Maker Faire Education Day will provide 500 young New Yorkers from elementary and middle schools in Queens and the Bronx with an exclusive preview experience of World Maker Faire; 3:30pm - 5pm Teacher Meet Up. Both take place at the New York Hall of Science.

New York City Economic Development Corporation
Special Announcement about City initiatives in support of New York’s emerging technology sector, featuring EDC President, Seth Pinsky.
/Welcome
5:30pm - 6:00pm

Saturday, September 29th & Sunday, September 30th

World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science is a two-day, family friendly faire. It is a showcase of creativity and cool technology that celebrates the maker mindset. It’s inspiring, stimulating, and fun for all ages.

World Maker Faire is sponsored by RadioShack, Cognizant, Atmel, Red Bull, Disney, Time Warner Cable, ASUS, Autodesk, Crayola, Delta Faucet, Epilog Laser, Schick Xtreme3 Eco, ShopBot Tools, SketchUp, and General Motors LLC.

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE - Everything!  That’s what’s coming in just FIVE DAYS.  So click here to get your hands on maps, apps, guides, tickets and more to the greatest show and tell on earth.  And get ready for DIY, hacking, cooking, felting, lock-picking, mousetrapping, urban farming, circuitry, soldering, sewing, 3D printing, and more more more. 
See more of what’s coming to World Maker Faire here.

LOOK WHAT’S COMING TO WORLD MAKER FAIRE - Everything!  That’s what’s coming in just FIVE DAYS.  So click here to get your hands on maps, apps, guides, tickets and more to the greatest show and tell on earth.  And get ready for DIY, hacking, cooking, felting, lock-picking, mousetrapping, urban farming, circuitry, soldering, sewing, 3D printing, and more more more. 

See more of what’s coming to World Maker Faire here.

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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Maker Fair 2011, a set by eddiebabyny on Flickr.
BioBusSashimi Tabernacle ChiorThe Mighty Atlas RocketGreat Hall

Maker Fair 2011, a set by eddiebabyny on Flickr.

Colorful Making

From post-it notes and highlighter pens, to color-coded staff calendars, Nancy Schenk utilizes color to help organize her tasks as executive assistant to our president and CEO, Margaret Honey. At night, Nancy uses color in a more creative way – to create her traditional rug hooking projects.

For the past six years, Nancy has been creating rugs of various sizes using rug hooking, a traditional craft where rugs are made by pulling fabric, ribbons or yarn through a base such as burlap. One of the most important steps in the process is choosing the fabric to be used in the rug.

“You don’t know how the colors and patterns are going to turn out in the end,” said Nancy. “You can guess what it will look like, but until you actually work on the rug, you don’t really know. That’s one of the things I like about rug hooking.”

Nancy will display about a half dozen of her rug creations at this year’s World Maker Faire, a two-day event celebrating creativity and innovation in everything from knitting to robotics. Nancy’s rug hooking projects will be on display at our Science Technology Library and will include two rugs made from patterns that she designed herself.

World Maker Faire takes place at NYSCI on September 17 and 18. If you’re the forgetful type, write the date on a yellow post-it note and stick it on your fridge!