makerspace-nysci:

Burrrrrrr its cold outside!  This Saturday and Sunday at the Maker Space, beat the chill with the coziest workshop in town, where we learn how to hand sew and make our very own stuffed animals or small pillows.  We will learn how to use needle and thread to sew on buttons and make stitches too create a funny faced Stuffie or a cool little pillow. 

We have two workshops each day, the first from 1:30-3:00 and the second from 3:30-5:00.  Register on the day of the event at the NYSCI admissions area.

Hope to see you there.  Stay warm!

Check back for more Maker Space events happening in March: http://nysci.org/events/2014-03/

library-nysci:

Presidents Day Author Visit!

Elliott Kaufman, photographer, in the NYSCI Library, February 17, 2014.
Our library visitors learned to look at the world in a new way; recognizing letters and numbers every where they go!

Elliott engaged our audience with numbers and letters from his books, NUMBERS EVERYWHERE and ALPHABET EVERYWHERE.
Who is seven? he asked. He handed them photos of the number 7 that he has found in architecture and other places.
Who’s name starts with a B (or C or D)? 

This was a different sort of visit than our usual straight forward author visit.  He did not read a story or talk about writing children’s books.  He engaged the audience in visual fun.  They eagerly responded.  Thank you Elliot!  And thanks to Abbeville Press for making this happen and supporting our promotions.

Interested in cosmetics? Today at NYSCI as part of Engineering Week, learn about cosmetic engineering, a branch of chemical engineering, from students and the founder of the Cosmetic Engineering program at Manhattan College.

Interested in cosmetics? Today at NYSCI as part of Engineering Week, learn about cosmetic engineering, a branch of chemical engineering, from students and the founder of the Cosmetic Engineering program at Manhattan College.

(via arc-en-ciels)

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.” 

(Source: kristenschaals, via wilwheaton)

Victor Cruz, Anne Burrell join NYSCI and Time Warner Cable to kick off a new national initiative

On Saturday, we joined Time Warner Cable for Connect a Million Minds Day at Highline Stages.  TWC and Boys & Girls Clubs were kicking off a new national partnership and our Explainers were there… and they brought the STEM…

Brought to life by the New York Hall of Science in conjunction with numerous network partners, Connect a Million Minds Day attendees participated in fun, hands-on learning activities that demonstrated the STEM behind popular TV shows and networks, and how these subjects power the activities young people are most passionate about, such as sports, music and cooking.

Full article here.

Former NYSCI instructor Adiel Fernadez discusses his projects that can transform museums into real learning experiences.

"Science is the foundation of everything in the world."

"It is a word that is connected to broad cultural dichotomies: observation and intuition, evidence and tradition. A wide variety of discussions centered on science this year, from climate change to educational policy. We saw heated debates about ‘phony’ science, or whether science held all the answers." The result was a 176 percent increase in lookups of the word "science" in 2013 compared with 2012.