Full STEAM Ahead

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STEM – the acronym popular with educators and policymakers – shortens the decidedly clunky phrase: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But something seemed to be missing. So leaders from science, engineering, mathematics, education and design have been advocating incorporating art and design into STEM education. In other words, STEM should now be referred to as STEAM.

A writer from The Atlantic, who applauded the new STEAM acronym, quoted NYSCI’s President and CEO Margaret Honey as saying “It’s not about adding on arts education. It’s about fundamentally changing education to incorporate the experimentation and exploration that is at the heart of effective education.” 

Playable Fashion

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Computer hackers and fashion designers don’t usually have a lot in common. But this weekend at NYSCI, teenagers at the Playable Fashion workshop will be a little bit of both.

Twenty teens at the free, two-day workshop will learn how to hack a digital game and will design and create their own wearable, game controller glove. In the process, they’ll learn about sewing, circuits, switches, sensors and the digital tools needed to produce a video game. 

The program, a partnership between NYSCI, Eyebeam and the HIVE NYC Network, encourages a multidisciplinary approach to learning, covering skills in technology, fashion and video game design.

Design Lab Install, a set on Flickr.Get ready! Spring 2014 Design Lab is opening to the public #designthinking
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Design Lab Install, a set on Flickr.

Get ready! Spring 2014 Design Lab is opening to the public #designthinking
#nysci rockets in #snow #newyork #snowstorm (at New York Hall of Science)

#nysci rockets in #snow #newyork #snowstorm (at New York Hall of Science)

Party like it’s your 50th Anniversary! Join us for the celebration by making an Annual Fund gift today. (photo: Andrew Kelly)

Party like it’s your 50th Anniversary! Join us for the celebration by making an Annual Fund gift today(photo: Andrew Kelly)

A record 900 attendees for the #nysci gala at #cipriani in #newyork

A record 900 attendees for the #nysci gala at #cipriani in #newyork

#nysci honoree simon nagata from #Toyota took a tour of our wonderful space today in #newyork

#nysci honoree simon nagata from #Toyota took a tour of our wonderful space today in #newyork

Dead or Alive 2013, a set on Flickr.Dead or Alive at NYSCI was a hit!
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Dead or Alive 2013, a set on Flickr.

Dead or Alive at NYSCI was a hit!
For all ages @ #nysci  for#deadoralive party!

For all ages @ #nysci for#deadoralive party!

#pirates rocking out at #nysci #deadoralive

#pirates rocking out at #nysci #deadoralive