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

Maker Fair 2011, a set by eddiebabyny on Flickr.
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Maker Fair 2011, a set by eddiebabyny on Flickr.


Mayor Bloomberg & Space Shuttle Atlantis Astronauts, a set on Flickr.
Mayor Bloomberg and the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis in Rocket Park for a photo op with local media.  The crew is in NYC on a whirlwind tour marking the culmination of the Shuttle program, but had enough time for a Q&A with our excited NYSCI Explainers.
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Mayor Bloomberg & Space Shuttle Atlantis Astronauts, a set on Flickr.

Mayor Bloomberg and the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis in Rocket Park for a photo op with local media.

The crew is in NYC on a whirlwind tour marking the culmination of the Shuttle program, but had enough time for a Q&A with our excited NYSCI Explainers.

IMG_7707 on Flickr.
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

IMG_7707 on Flickr.

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

NYSCI Helps Corona Combat Learning Loss

Summer Learning at NYSCI: Maker Faire 2010

This summer NYSCI unveils NYSCI Neighbors, a new membership category available to residents of our 11368 zip code. NYSCI Neighbors combats summer learning loss by providing families with unlimited access to NYSCI, along with a suite of resources including a guided orientation to NYSCI’s exhibits and programs, a reading list for the Science Technology Library, and a Field Journal to guide and document summer learning experiences at NYSCI.  

In partnership with local schools, parent-teacher associations, and parent coordinators, NYSCI Neighbors deepens our connection with local families, excites parents and children about out-of-school learning, and positively influences how science—and NYSCI—are perceived in our community.

Josett Pacheco, Parent Coordinator at PS 19 in Corona says,

"Our parent community is very excited about the opportunity to participate in this program for the upcoming summer. Due to many budget cuts in our schools and community programs, something like this could not have come at a better time."

The multilingual orientation sessions and printed resources will address language and access barriers, and the field journals give students an opportunity to demonstrate their learning and encourage them to think of NYSCI as a fun destination within their community.

Local businesses are also offering prizes to students. Junior Scientists of the Week will be able to win free ices from the Lemon Ice King of Corona, get a behind-the-scenes lesson in tortilla making at Tortilleria Nixtamal, explore the Queens Museum of Art, and more.

For decades, parents and educators have recognized the challenge of “summer learning loss”, a phenomenon where students lose from one to three months of learning progress during summer months. NYSCI Neighbors will keep students and their families engaged with fun and learning during school vacation months and also introduce NYSCI to new audiences, who will hopefully become year-round visitors. At the end of the summer, participants will be able to apply their NYSCI Neighbor status to an upgraded annual membership

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While focused on Corona in this inaugural year, NYSCI intends to expand the NYSCI Neighbors program beyond our immediate community next year.

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!